Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

Species are usually geographically distributed further than an individual can disperse, thus populations are often genetically differentiated through isolation by distance and barriers. Crayfish have been shown to have low dispersal patterns, possibly due to their biology and environment. Using four microsatellite loci as molecular markers, I studied the degree of genetic differentiation of three populations of Orconectes virilis in Massachusetts. I hypothesized the populations would show some differentiation. The data imply that the populations maybe genetically differentiated from one another, but additional data are needed for a stronger inference.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

BIO

Advisor Department

BC

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