ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0001-8616-5698

Graduation Semester and Year

2017

Language

English

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Paul T Chippindale

Abstract

Past hybridization plays an important role in evolution of taxa. We use multiple phylogenetic approaches including single gene sequencing and high-through put sequencing to address the effects of past hybridization in the four-lined skinks, P. tetragrammus, and the variable skink, P. multivirgatus. We show that mitochondrial genes have been introgressed between P. multivirgatus and P. t. brevilineatus. We also show that this introgression has lead to decreased genetic diversity in these lineages. We use species distribution models to show that P. multivirgatus and P. t. brevilineatus shared a large portion of their ranges in the last glacial maximum allowing for hybridization and widespread mitochondrial introgression.

Keywords

Phylogeography, phylogenetics, introgression, skink

Disciplines

Biology | Life Sciences

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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Biology Commons

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