Bradley J. Swanson
Bradley J. Swanson

Brooks Hall 190

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  • B.S., University of Michigan, 1990
  • M.S., University of Idaho, 1993
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001

Teaching Areas

Concepts in Biology, Evolution, Conservation Biology, Conservation Genetics

Research Fields

Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Population Dynamics

Current Research Projects

The primary research interest in my lab is using genetics, such as microsatellites and DNA sequences, to answer ecological and conservation related questions.

Specifically, the questions my lab is currently focusing on include questions relating to estimating effective populations sizes of small populations, what factors influence rates of loss of genetic variation, interpopulation dispersal rates, and the landscape level factors that influence interpopulation dispersal.

Selected Publications

  • O. Neil, E. and B. J. Swanson. In Press. Using track-plate footprints in fisher mark-recapture population estimation. American Midland Naturalist.
  • Marsack, K., and B. J. Swanson. 2009. Impact of road-based fragmentation on eastern box turtles (Terrapene c. Carolina). Copeia 2009: 647-652.
  • Gregory, A. J. #, M. A. Lung, T. M. Gehring, and B. J. Swanson. 2009. The Importance of Sex and Spatial Scale When Evaluating Sexual Segregation by Elk in Yellowstone. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 971-979.
  • Swanson, B. J. and C. J. Kyle. 2007. The importance of temporally separated reintroductions compared to geographically separated reintroductions in Michigan martens. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 1346-1348.
  • Millions, D. G. #, and B. J. Swanson. 2007. Evaluation of habitat fragmentation on population structure in bobcats. Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 96-102.

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