Reconciling historical processes and population structure in the sooty tern Sterna fuscata

Peck, Darren R., and Congdon, Bradley C. (2004) Reconciling historical processes and population structure in the sooty tern Sterna fuscata. Journal of Avian Biology, 35 (4). pp. 327-335.

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To test the influence of past vicariant events on population genetic structure of the sooty tern Sterna fuscata, we examined sequence variation in the mitochondrial control region of individuals from the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Our analyses indicate a rapid population expansion at a global scale during the last 100 000 years, consistent with global recolonisation during the interstade following the Pleistocene glacial maxima (125 000–175 000 years bp). We estimate islands of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea were colonised no more than 16 000 years ago, most likely in association with the appearance of new breeding habitat following the final Pleistocene glacial retreat (19 000–22 000 years bp). Our results suggest that ice sheets linked to major glacial events not only impact genetic structuring in temperate seabirds, but that sea level changes in the tropics associated with these same events have also significantly impacted contemporary genetic structuring in tropical seabird species.

Item ID: 6531
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1600-048X
Keywords: genetic structure; glaciation; Great Barrier Reef; mtDNA; population divergence; sooty tern
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2010 03:16
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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