Stephen H. Forbes

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Salmonid fishes have two growth hormone genes resulting from their polyploid ancestry. We used the polymerase chain reaction to examine genetic variation in the third intron (C) of both of these genes in coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). A polymorphism in the length of intron C in GH-1 is due to a variable number of copies of a 31-nt repeat that is absent(More)
We compared genotypes at eight (AC)n microsatellite loci in domestic sheep (Ovis aries) and wild Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (O. canadensis). The domestic sheep had greater genetic variation, higher allele-size variances, and larger allele sizes than the wild sheep. Accumulating evidence from higher taxonomic comparisons shows that these parameters are(More)
Natural populations worldwide are increasingly fragmented by habitat loss. Isolation at small population size is thought to reduce individual and population fitness via inbreeding depression. However, little is known about the time-scale over which adverse genetic effects may develop in natural populations or the number and types of traits likely to be(More)
We examined mtDNA and nuclear allozyme genotypes in hybrid populations formed from interbreeding of westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi) and Yellowstone cutthroat trout (O. c. bouvieri). These subspecies show substantial genetic divergence (Nei's D = 0.30; mtDNA P = 0.02). Diagnostic alleles at multiple nuclear loci and two distinct mtDNA(More)
Efforts to detect effects of cytoplasmic genes are confounded by the problem of partitioning nuclear and cytoplasmic effects. In this study we test for effects of mtDNA haplotype on development in hybrid populations of cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) with randomly associated nuclear and mtDNA genotypes. We have previously described several(More)
Recent developments in social insect research have challenged the need for close kinship as a prerequisite for the evolution of stable group living. In a model communal bee species, Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) hemichalceum, previous allozyme work indicated that groups of cooperating adult females are not relatives. Yet at any given time, not all group(More)
  • Stephen Forbes
  • 2011
This paper considers the context for science contributing to policy development and explores some critical issues that should inform science advocacy and influence with policy makers. The paper argues that the key challenges are at least as much in educating conservation scientists and science communicators about society and policy making as they are in(More)
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