Publication Date

2016-05-15

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biological Sciences

Keywords

Chilodonellidae-Molecular genetics, Ciliata-Genetics, Cell populations, Biodiversity, Population genetics, Effective population size, Cilodonella unicinata, Method

Abstract

Effective population (Ne ) size is a critical parameter in the evolution of a species because of its direct relationship with the amount of genetic variation lost through genetic drift. Despite its importance, the methods of estimation Ne, especially for unicellular organisms, are still poorly understood. Advances in molecular genetics, however, hold great promise for the application of genetic markers in developing ways to estimate the effective population size of any species. This study explores methodologies that can be used to estimate current effective population size of morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata by looking at the nucleotide variation at silent sites in protein­coding genes.

Language

English

Comments

[41] pages : color illustrations. Honors project, Smith College, 2016. Includes bibliographical references.

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