Graduate Student Profile Melissa Bauer

Melissa Bauer, M.S. StudentMelissa Bauer

Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Advisor: Dr. Adrienne Kovach

Research Topic: A landscape genetic and predictive modeling approach to investigate metapopulation connectivity and genetic structure in the New England cottontail.

My research focuses on using landscape genetic analyses and modeling to investigate the effects of landscape features and habitat configuration on New England cottontail genetic structure and connectivity. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of barrier and facilitator features on gene flow in landscapes varying in the amount and fragmentation of habitat. I am also interested in using modeling to predict the outcomes of habitat restoration scenarios of management interest on cottontail population connectivity, genetic diversity, and metapopulation persistence.