Integrated Evolutionary Processes

IBS 8012

Quick Quiz Questions


Vila et al.2003. Rescue of a severely bottlenecked wolf (Canis lupus) population by a single immigrant. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 270:91-97.

  1. What evolutionary processes are important in this paper?  Explain why they are important.
  2. What would Figure 1 have looked like if there had not been immigration?  Why?  Redraw Fig.1 a and b to illustrate your point.  Justify your answer.
  3. What evidence is presented to support the hypothesis that there was close inbreeding after the extinct population was refounded by a single female?
  4. Describe another contemporary scenario that you are familiar where similar evolutionary processes may be at play. 
  5. Is genetic mixing to bolster variation in endangered populations always a good idea?  Why or why not.