Caribou Genomics: a national non-invasive monitoring approach for an iconic and model species at risk
This project is developing a foundational genomics platform to:
- enable long-term, non-invasive genomic monitoring of boreal caribou;
- allow for validated cross-compatibility among data generators; and,
- house data in an open access repository that supports analytical toolkits for use by our project partners.
The implementation of this genomic platform will allow comparisons through space and time to monitor the recovery, or continued loss, of caribou populations and their associated habitat.
Project Outcomes or Intended Outcomes:
- The development of a standardized methodology for generating individual specific genetic profiles, which will allow for comparable data among years, geographies and jurisdictions.
- The development of standardized genomics-based parameters suitable for use by Environment and Climate Change Canada as well as other project partners, that are targeted to small and declining caribou populations (affected by anthropogenic activities or climate change, e.g. southern ranges) in need of immediate management actions requiring the most comprehensive monitoring of population parameters.
- The generation of a platform of standardized boreal caribou genomic profiles providing the Receptor a cost-effective monitoring toolkit, access to new technologies by partners and a suitable framework for use in inter-laboratory genotype comparisons. Best practices in field collection will direct future monitoring work.