Fred Allendorf

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Fred Allendorf

Regents Professor Emeritus

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B.S. Penn State University, 1971
M.S. University of Washington, 1973
Ph.D. University of Washington, Fisheries & Genetics,1975
(Fred Utter & Joe Felsenstein, co-supervisors )

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aarhus University, 1975-1976
(Freddy Christiansen, supervisor)

NATO Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, 1978-1979
(Bryan Clarke, supervisor)

Research Interests

My research interests are evolution, population genetics, and conservation biology.  The primary current focus of my research is the application of genetics to the conservation of animals and plants. We are using molecular genetics to describe intraspecific patterns of genetic variation and phylogenetic relationships in many of these species. In addition, we are developing the theory and statistical analysis needed to apply the principles of population genetics to conservation problems. This is being done in association with my colleague Gordon Luikart.  We have written a conservation genetics book (Conservation and the Genetics of Populations) published by Wiley.  I have compiled a bibliography focused on genetics and conservation that contains over 100,000 references. This bibliography is updated regularly and can be searched through the web.

Mike Schwartz (US Forest Service) and I were co-PIs of a Working Group (Genetic Monitoring: Development of Tools for Conservation and Management) funded by a joint grant from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) to bring together national and international scientists to advance the field of genetic monitoring. Rapid recent advances in molecular genetic techniques now make it relatively easy and inexpensive to quantify temporal changes in the genetics of populations.  However, the needed theory is not available to provide guidance about when genetic monitoring would provide valuable information or what genetic data are required for effective genetic monitoring.  

Field of Study

Population Genetics; Conservation Biology;  Conservation Genetics

Selected Publications

Kardos, M., F. W. Allendorf, G. Luikart.  2015.  Measuring individual inbreeding in the age of genomics: long runs of homozygosity are the future.  Heredity 115:63-72.

Lowe, W.H., C. C. Muhlfeld, and F.W. Allendorf.  2015.  Spatial sorting increases the spread of maladaptive invasive hybridization.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:456-462.

Allendorf, F.W., S. Bassham, W.A. Cresko, L.W. Seeb, and J.E. Seeb.  2015.  Genomics and transmission genetics of polyploid salmonid fishes.  Journal of Heredity 106:217-227.

Kenney, J. S., F.W. Allendorf, C. McDougal, and J. L. D. Smith.  2014. How much gene flow is needed to avoid inbreeding depression in wild tiger populations?  Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281:20133337.  

Allendorf, F.W., O. Berry, and N. Ryman.  2014.  So long to genetic diversity, and thanks for all the fish.  Molecular Ecology 23:23-25

Allendorf, F.W., S. N. Aitken, and G. Luikart.  2013.  Conservation and the Genetics of Populations.  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.  602 pp.  Wiley-Blackwell webpage 

Ramstad, K.M., R. M. Colbourne, H.A. Robertson, F. W. Allendorf, C. H. Daugherty.  2013.  Genetic consequences of a century of protection: serial founder events and survival of the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii).  Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280, 20130576.

Samberg, L.H., L. Fishman, and F.W. Allendorf.  2013.  Population genetic structure in a social landscape: barley in a traditional Ethiopian agricultural system.  Evolutionary Applications 6:1133-1145.

Jamieson, I. and F. W. Allendorf. 2012. How does the 50/500 rule apply to MVPs?  Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:578-584.

Funk. W.C., J. K. McKay, P.A. Hohenlohe, and F.W. Allendorf. 2012. Harnessing genomics for delineating conservation units. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:489-496.

Allendorf, F.W., P.A. Hohenlohe, and G. Luikart.  2010.  Genomics and the future of conservation genetics.  Nature Reviews Genetics 11:697-709.

Lowe, W.H., and F.W. Allendorf.  2010.  What can genetics tell us about demographic connectivity?  Molecular Ecology 19, 3038–3051.

Allendorf, F.W., P.R. England, G. Luikart, P.A. Ritchie, and N. Ryman. 2008. Genetic effects of harvest on wild animal populations.  Trends in Ecol. Evol. 23:327-337.

Palsbøll, P.J., Bérubé, M., and F. W. Allendorf. 2007. Defining management units among natural populations from genetic markers. Trends in Ecol. Evol. 22:11-16.

Ramstad, K.M., N.J. Nelson, G. Paine, D. Beech, A. Paul, P. Paul, F.W. Allendorf, and C.H. Daugherty.  2007. Species and cultural conservation in New Zealand: Maori traditional ecological knowledge of tuatara. Conservation Biology 21:455-464.

Funk, W.C., M.S. Blouin, P.S. Corn, B.A. Maxell, D.S. Pilliod, S. Amish, and F.W. Allendorf. 2005. Population structure of Columbia spotted frogs (Rana luteiventris) is strongly affected by the landscape. Molec. Ecol. 14:483-496.

Marshall, A., K.L. Knudsen, and F.W. Allendorf.  2004.  Linkage disequilibrium between the pseudoautosomal PEPB-1 locus and the sex determining region in chinook salmon.  Heredity 92:85-97.

Gemmell, N.J., V. Metcalf, and F.W. Allendorf. 2004.  Mother’s curse: The role of mtDNA in population viability.  Trends in Ecol. Evol. 19:238-244.

Schwartz, M.K., L.S. Mills, K.S. McKelvey, L.F. Ruggiero, and F.W. Allendorf.  2002.  DNA reveals high dispersal synchronizing the population dynamics of Canada lynx.  Nature 415:520-522.