Cara N. Love

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Development and optimization of novel species-specific microsatellites, or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) remains an important step for studies in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Numerous approaches exist for identifying new SSRs that vary widely in terms of both time and cost investments. A recent approach of using paired-end Illumina sequence data in(More)
We isolated and characterized a total of 23 microsatellite loci from the blue king crab, Paralithodes platypus. Loci were screened in 24 individuals from St. Matthew Island. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 4 to 17, observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.050 to 1.000, and the probability of identity values ranged from 0.015 to 0.339. These new(More)
We isolated and characterized 18 microsatellite loci from the Mayan cichlid, Cichlasoma urophthalmus. Loci were screened for 24 specimens from a total of seven sites in south Florida, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 3 to 21, observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.208 to 0.875, and the probability of identity values(More)
We isolated and characterized a total of 19 microsatellite loci from the North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum. Loci were screened in 22 individuals from St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties in northern New York State. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 4 to 14, observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.316 to 1.000, and the probability of(More)
We isolated and characterized a total of 33 microsatellite loci from the Patagonian sprat Sprattus fuegensis, a recent exploited marine resource with a conservation status unknowing. Loci were screened in 24 individuals from the inshore waters of the Aysén Fjord, Chile. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 7 to 24, observed heterozygosity ranged from(More)
We isolated and characterized a total of 31 microsatellite loci from the mole salamander, Ambystoma talpoideum. Loci were screened in 20 individuals from a single location in Aiken, South Carolina. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 3 to 11, observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.000 to 0.700, and the probability of identity values ranged from 0.031(More)
Obligate social parasites, or inquilines, exploit the colonies of free-living social species and evolved at least 80 times in ants alone. Most species of the highly specialized inquiline social parasites are rare, only known from one or very few, geographically isolated populations, and the sexual offspring of most inquiline species mates inside the(More)
We isolated and characterized 30 microsatellite loci from the critically endangered Myanmar Roofed Turtle, Batagur trivittata. Loci were screened in 9 B. trivittata samples and in the congeners the Painted River Terrapin, Batagur borneoensis, with 22 of 30 amplifying, and the Southern River Terrapin, B. affinis, with 15 of 30 amplifying. In the B.(More)
Several wading bird species in the southeastern US have a history of infection by hematozoa/avian malaria as well as mercury accumulation through their diet, and thus may be exposed to two, generally sublethal, yet chronic, stressors. We analyzed nestling wading birds (n = 171) of varying size and trophic position from the southeastern US, and a smaller(More)
Amphibian diseases, such as chytridiomycosis caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and ranaviral disease caused by ranaviruses, are often linked to global amphibian population declines, yet the ecological dynamics of both pathogens are poorly understood. The goal of our study was to determine the baseline prevalence, pathogen loads, and co-infection(More)