POPULATION GENETICS OF NY POPULATIONS OF PTERONARCYS BILOBA AND ITS POSITION WITHIN THE GENUS.
Although morphological keys exist for the genus Pteronarcys, a molecular phylogeny of the group has not yet been performed. Using the mitochondrial gene Cytochrome Oxidase I, we created a Bayesian phylogeny for the genus and then further examined population structure of P. biloba populations within the major management basins in New York State. These are the first COI sequence data for P. biloba and P. comstocki, at least according to GenBank. Genetic diversity of P. biloba populations was reasonably high for populations this far north, with more than 6 alleles at a single site. A total of ten populations will be included in this study, looking at genetic diversity within and gene flow between populations. The nuclear gene Wingless will also be amplified and these data will be used in conjunction with COI data in the exploratory analysis of genetic structure.
Nicole Pedisich (Primary Presenter/Author), State University of New York College at Oneonta, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Jeffrey Heilveil (Co-Presenter/Co-Author), SUNY College at Oneonta, email@example.com;