Isabel C. Caballero

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Reconstruction of sibling relationships from genetic data is an important component of many biological applications. In particular, the growing application of molecular markers (microsatellites) to study wild populations of plant and animals has created the need for new computational methods of establishing pedigree relationships, such as sibgroups, among(More)
With improved tools for collecting genetic data from natural and experimental populations, new opportunities arise to study fundamental biological processes, including behavior, mating systems, adaptive trait evolution, and dispersal patterns. Full use of the newly available genetic data often depends upon reconstructing genealogical relationships of(More)
While full-sibling group reconstruction from microsatellite data is a well-studied problem, reconstruction of half-sibling groups is much less studied, theoretically challenging, and computationally demanding. In this paper, we present a formulation of the half-sibling reconstruction problem and prove its APX-hardness. We also present exact solutions for(More)
Establishing family relationships, such as parentage and sibling relationships, can be extremely important in biological research, especially in wild species, as they are often key to understanding evolutionary, ecological, and behavioral processes. Because it is often not possible to determine familial relationships from field observations alone, the(More)
Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) were extirpated from most of the continental United States by widespread use of the pesticide DDT in the 1960s. Populations have rebounded with banning of the pesticide and successful implementation of captive breeding and hacking programs. An essentially new population of Midwestern peregrines now exists that is(More)
Negative effects of parasites on their hosts are well documented, but the proximate mechanisms by which parasites reduce their host's fitness are poorly understood. For example, it has been suggested that parasites might be energetically demanding. However, a recent meta-analysis suggests that they have statistically insignificant effects on host resting(More)
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