Marine Mammal Genetics Program - Research Activities

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Divergence of Hawaiian false killer whales

Mitochondrial sequence and microsatellite genotype data reveal strong divergence of Hawaiian insular false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens)

Demographic distinctness of the Pacific Coast Feeding Group of gray whales (Eschrictius robustus)

Marine Mammal Genetics Group members are leading an international collaboration using data from the mitochondrial control region and microsatellite markers to evaluate the level of differentiation between gray whales feeding in northern California and southern Alaska and those feeding in more northern areas.

North Pacific fin whale taxonomy and stock structure

Mitogenomics data and single nucleotide polymorphisms are being used to help resolve population structure within the north Pacific and global taxonomy for fin whales.

Short-finned pilot whale phylogeography and population structure

The Marine Mammal Genetics Group is examining how Hawaiian Islands, ETP and eastern North Pacific short-finned pilot whales fit into the global phylogeography, as well as how population structure, social structure and relatedness are linked in this species with a test case in the Hawaiian Islands.

Population structure of spinner and spotted dolphins in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean

Genome scan methods may enable MMGG researchers to detect population structure in dolphin subspecies impacted by tuna fishery.

Examining global phylogeography of pygmy killer whales

MMGG Researchers are using mitochondrial sequences to take the first look at the genetic diversity and structuring of this rare and elusive species

Regional and global perspectives on the population structure of sperm whales

After completing an analysis using mitochondrial control region, microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphism markers to investigate population structure in the north Pacific, the Marine Mammal Genetics Group is expanding its research on sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) to a global perspective through the use of mitogenomics.

Population structure of melon-headed whales in the Pacific

Marine Mammal Genetics Group members are evaluating the possibility of multiple demographically distinct populations of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) within Hawaiian waters and their relationships to populations elsewhere in the Pacific.

Population structure of beaked whales in the Great Bahamas Canyon.

The Marine Mammal Genetics group is part of a research multi-organization collaboration aimed at studying the distribution, abundance and population structuring of beaked whales in the Great Bahamas Canyon.

Taxonomic status of Killer whales.

Mitogenomic data are providing us with new insights into evolutionary divergence and taxonomic status of killer whale ecotypes.

Taxonomy and population structure of blue whales.

Marine Mammal Genetics members are using mitogenomic data to assess the taxonomy of blue whales at a global level, which will allow the subspecific status of blue whales in the eastern North Pacific to be further evaluated.

Description of a new species of Baird's beaked whale in the North Pacific.

Mitochondrial sequencing of 112 Baird's beaked whale samples, including bone samples from museums in the U.S. and Japan, are being used to describe a previously unidentified species in the North Pacific.

Population structure of harbor porpoise in the eastern North Pacific.

Expanded sample size and the addition of SNP data are being used to re-evaluate harbor porpoise population structure along the US west coast.

Last modified: 10/4/2016