Regents Professor Emeritus
Field Of Study:
Population Genetics; Conservation Biology; Conservation Genetics
My research interests are evolution, population genetics, and conservation biology. The primary current focus of my research is the application of genetics to the conservation of animals and plants. We in the Fish & Wildlife Genomics Group are active in applying the principles of population and evolutionary genetics to conservation. We are using molecular genetics to describe intraspecific patterns of genetic variation and phylogenetic relationships in many of these species. In addition, we are developing the theory and statistical analysis needed to apply the principles of population genetics to conservation problems. This is being done in association with my colleague Gordon Luikart. We have written a conservation genetics book (Conservation and the Genetics of Populations) published by Wiley-Blackwell. I have compiled a bibliography focused on genetics and conservation that contains over 100,000 references. This bibliography is updated regularly and can be searched through the web.
Mike Schwartz (US Forest Service) and I are co-PIs of a Working Group (Genetic Monitoring: Development of Tools for Conservation and Management) funded by a joint grant from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) to bring together national and international scientists to advance the field of genetic monitoring. Rapid recent advances in molecular genetic techniques now make it relatively easy and inexpensive to quantify temporal changes in the genetics of populations. However, the needed theory is not available to provide guidance about when genetic monitoring would provide valuable information or what genetic data are required for effective genetic monitoring. If you're interested, here is a list of papers and other products so far from this Working Group.
Gordon Luikart and I are co-PIs on an NSF grant with the objective to synthesize our work on the genetics and evolution of exploited populations accomplished. We are joined in this by Nils Ryman from Stockholm University. We currently face worldwide collapse of many commercial and sport fishery stocks. Many exploited fish, as well as hunted wildlife, are suffering from reductions in population size and isolation as a result of habitat destruction and overharvest. In addition, rapid genetic adaptation in response to selective harvest (e.g., preferential harvest of individuals with larger body or horn size) is recognized as an important problem in exploited populations.
Professor Charles Daugherty (School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, VUW) and I direct a collaborative program in Conservation Biology between UM and VUW. This program takes advantage of the contrasting evolutionary and conservation histories of New Zealand and Montana to offer an internationally based research and education program in conservation biology. This collaborative program also has supported faculty and graduate student travel to travel to the partner university for field experience and coursework.
B.S. Penn State University, 1971
M.S. University of Washington, 1973
Ph.D. University of Washington, Fisheries & Genetics,1975
(Joe Felsenstein, co-supervisors )
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aarhus University, 1975-1976
(Freddy Christiansen, supervisor)
NATO Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, 1978-1979
(Bryan Clarke, supervisor)
Allendorf, F.W., S. N. Aitken, and G. Luikart. 2013. Conservation and the Genetics of Populations. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 602 pp. Wiley-Blackwell webpage
Ramstad, K.M., R. M. Colbourne, H.A. Robertson, F. W. Allendorf, C. H. Daugherty. 2013. Genetic consequences of a century of protection: serial founder events and survival of the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii). Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280, 20130576.
Allendorf, F.W., O. Berry, and N. Ryman. 2014. So long to genetic diversity, and thanks for all the fish. Molecular Ecology 23:23-25.
Samberg, L.H., L. Fishman, and F.W. Allendorf. 2013. Population genetic structure in a social landscape: barley in a traditional Ethiopian agricultural system. Evolutionary Applications 6:1133-1145.
Jamieson, I. and F. W. Allendorf. 2012. How does the 50/500 rule apply to MVPs? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:578-584.
Funk. W.C., J. K. McKay, P.A. Hohenlohe, and F.W. Allendorf. 2012. Harnessing genomics for delineating conservation units. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:489-496.
Hansen, M.H., I. Olivieri, D.M. Waller, E. E. Nielsen, and the GeM Working Group. 2012. Monitoring adaptive genetic responses to environmental change. Molecular Ecology 21:1311-1329.
Allendorf, F.W. 2010. No separation between present and future. In: Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson. Trinity University Press, San Antonio. Pp. 202-207.
Allendorf, F.W., P.A. Hohenlohe, and G. Luikart. 2010. Genomics and the future of conservation genetics. Nature Reviews Genetics 11:697-709.
Lowe, W.H., and F.W. Allendorf. 2010. What can genetics tell us about demographic connectivity? Molecular Ecology 19, 3038–3051.
Allendorf, F.W., P.R. England, G. Luikart, P.A. Ritchie, and N. Ryman. 2008. Genetic effects of harvest on wild animal populations. Trends in Ecol. Evol. 23:327-337.
Palsbøll, P.J., Bérubé, M., and F. W. Allendorf. 2007. Defining management units among natural populations from genetic markers. Trends in Ecol. Evol. 22:11-16.
Ramstad, K.M., N.J. Nelson, G. Paine, D. Beech, A. Paul, P. Paul, F.W. Allendorf, and C.H. Daugherty. 2007. Species and cultural conservation in New Zealand: Maori traditional ecological knowledge of tuatara. Conservation Biology 21:455-464.
Whiteley, A.R., P. Spruell, and F.W. Allendorf. 2006. Can common species provide valuable information for conservation? Molec. Ecol. 15:2767-2786.
Funk, W.C., A.E. Greene, P.S. Corn, and F.W. Allendorf. 2005. High dispersal in a frog suggests that it is vulnerable to habitat fragmentation. Biology Letters 1:13-16.
Funk, W.C., M.S. Blouin, P.S. Corn, B.A. Maxell, D.S. Pilliod, S. Amish, and F.W. Allendorf. 2005. Population structure of Columbia spotted frogs (Rana luteiventris) is strongly affected by the landscape. Molec. Ecol. 14:483-496.
Ramstad, K.M., C.A. Woody, C.A., G. K. Sage, and F. W. Allendorf. 2004. Founding events influence genetic population structure of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Lake Clark, Alaska. Molec. Ecol. 13:277-290.
Marshall, A., K.L. Knudsen, and F.W. Allendorf. 2004. Linkage disequilibrium between the pseudoautosomal PEPB-1 locus and the sex determining region in chinook salmon. Heredity 92:85-97.
Gemmell, N.J., V. Metcalf, and F.W. Allendorf. 2004. Mother’s curse: The role of mtDNA in population viability. Trends in Ecol. Evol. 19:238-244.
Whiteley, A.R., P. Spruell, and F.W. Allendorf. 2004. Ecological and life history characteristics predict population genetic divergence of two salmonids in the same landscape. Molec. Ecol. 13:3665-3688.
Allendorf, F.W., and L.L. Lundquist. 2003. Population biology, evolution, and control of invasive species. Conservation Biology 17:24-30.
Schwartz, M.K., L.S. Mills, K.S. McKelvey, L.F. Ruggiero, and F.W. Allendorf. 2002. DNA reveals high dispersal synchronizing the population dynamics of Canada lynx. Nature 415:520-522.
Allendorf, F.W., R.F. Leary, P. Spruell, and J.K. Wenburg. 2001. The problems with hybrids: Setting conservation guidelines. Trends Ecol. Evol. 16:613-622.
Allendorf, F.W. 1997. The conservation biologist as Zen student. Conservation Biology 11:1045-1046.