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Population differentiation and conservation of song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) in the San Francisco Bay Area region inferred by morphological and microsattelite loci analysis Chan, Yvonne Ling-Hsiang

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In this study I examined geographic variation in morphology and genetic population structure in five putative subspecies of song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) in the San Francisco Bay region (M. m. samuelis, M. m. maxillaris, M. m. pusillula, M. m. gouldii, and M. m. heermanni). My first goal was to describe genetic population structure at microsatellite loci to assist with conservation and management strategies for song sparrow populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sampled nine populations from five putative subspecies and found low estimates of differentiation between populations within subspecies (Fst analog: Φsc = 0.0122, p

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