Do common eiders nest in kin groups? Microgeographic genetic structure in a philopatric sea duck.

  title={Do common eiders nest in kin groups? Microgeographic genetic structure in a philopatric sea duck.},
  author={Sarah A. Sonsthagen and Sandy L Talbot and Richard B. Lanctot and Kevin g. MccRacKen},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={19 4},
We investigated local genetic associations among female Pacific common eiders (Somateria mollissima v-nigrum) nesting in a stochastic Arctic environment within two groups of barrier islands (Simpson Lagoon and Mikkelsen Bay) in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Nonrandom genetic associations were observed among nesting females using regional spatial autocorrelation analyses for distance classes up to 1000 m in Simpson Lagoon. Nearest-neighbour analyses identified clusters of genetically related females… CONTINUE READING

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