Population genetics of the wood frog, Rana sylvatica, and the spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum


We are investigating the population genetics of wood frog, Rana sylvatica, and spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, populations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. This study is using landscape genetic techniques and analyses to understand the influence of landscape features on amphibian dispersal, and the demographic and evolutionary consequences of varying levels of gene flow. This project is part of Jonathan Richardson’s dissertation research (Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies Ph.D.).