From connectivity to isolation: genetic consequences of population fragmentation in capercaillie across Europe

  title={From connectivity to isolation: genetic consequences of population fragmentation in capercaillie across Europe},
  author={Gernot Segelbacher and Jacob H{\"o}glund and Ilse Storch},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
The capercaillie inhabits a continuous range in large parts of the Palearctic boreal forest, but is patchily distributed in temperate Europe. An ongoing population decline, largely related to human land use changes, has been most pronounced in central and western Europe, where some local populations have become extinct. In this study, we document the genetic differentiation of capercaillie populations at different stages along a gradient of spatial structuring from high connectivity (continuous… 

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