The Genetics of Conservation: Peering into DNA to save species and ecosystems

Author(s)Cheryl Lyn Dybas
Year Published2018
Page Numbers317–323
Size6.29 MB

Scientists know the bear as Ursus americanus kermodei, or the Kermode bear, named after biologist Frank Kermode. Kermode, a for­mer director of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, was among the first to research the subspecies. The bear is a color polymorphism of the black bear Ursus americanus. “Spirit bears have one of the most distinctive and conspicuous such poly­morphisms of any mammal,” says ecol­ogist Tom Reimchen, of the University of Victoria. Reimchen has spent much of his career studying the bears.

Keywords: Conservation genetics, Bear, DNA barcoding, Giraffes, Extinction

Author: Cheryl Lyn Dybas

Journal: BioScience

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