Population Genetics of Wood Turtles in New Jersey
The Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory received grant funding through the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate population genetics in wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta).
In collaboration with NJDFW, wood turtle surveys were conducted in the spring and fall of 2015. Each turtle captured was given a unique notching identification number.
Morphometric measurements, blood, scale clippings and leeches were collected from a total of 33 turtles in the spring of 2015.
Fall collection is still underway and is expected to be completed November of 2015. The objective of the study is to evaluate the genetic diversity of the wood turtle population through northwestern NJ.
The study also aims to identify genetic structure and divergence between sample locations.