Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity

Crawford Drury, Stephanie Schopmeyer, Elizabeth Goergen, Erich Bartels, Ken Nedimyer, Meaghan Johnson, Kerry Maxwell, Victor Galvan, Carrie Manfrino, Diego Lirman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Threatened Caribbean coral communities can benefit from high-resolution genetic data used to inform management and conservation action. We use Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) to investigate genetic patterns in the threatened coral, Acropora cervicornis, across the Florida Reef Tract (FRT) and the western Caribbean. Results show extensive population structure at regional scales and resolve previously unknown structure within the FRT. Different regions also exhibit up to threefold differences in genetic diversity (He), suggesting targeted management based on the goals and resources of each population is needed. Patterns of genetic diversity have a strong spatial component, and our results show Broward and the Lower Keys are among the most diverse populations in Florida. The genetic diversity of Caribbean staghorn coral is concentrated within populations and within individual reefs (AMOVA), highlighting the complex mosaic of population structure. This variance structure is similar over regional and local scales, which suggests that in situ nurseries are adequately capturing natural patterns of diversity, representing a resource that can replicate the average diversity of wild assemblages, serving to increase intraspecific diversity and potentially leading to improved biodiversity and ecosystem function. Results presented here can be translated into specific goals for the recovery of A. cervicornis, including active focus on low diversity areas, protection of high diversity and connectivity, and practical thresholds for responsible restoration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEcology and Evolution
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Fingerprint

population structure
reefs
coral
genomics
reef
genetic variation
corals
resource
ecosystem function
genotyping
connectivity
biodiversity
ecosystems
genetic diversity
Acropora cervicornis
mosaic
in situ
restoration

Keywords

  • Acropora cervicornis
  • Conservation genetics
  • Ecological restoration
  • Florida Reef Tract
  • Intraspecific diversity
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Population genetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

Cite this

Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity. / Drury, Crawford; Schopmeyer, Stephanie; Goergen, Elizabeth; Bartels, Erich; Nedimyer, Ken; Johnson, Meaghan; Maxwell, Kerry; Galvan, Victor; Manfrino, Carrie; Lirman, Diego.

In: Ecology and Evolution, 2017.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drury, C, Schopmeyer, S, Goergen, E, Bartels, E, Nedimyer, K, Johnson, M, Maxwell, K, Galvan, V, Manfrino, C & Lirman, D 2017, 'Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity', Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3184
Drury, Crawford ; Schopmeyer, Stephanie ; Goergen, Elizabeth ; Bartels, Erich ; Nedimyer, Ken ; Johnson, Meaghan ; Maxwell, Kerry ; Galvan, Victor ; Manfrino, Carrie ; Lirman, Diego. / Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity. In: Ecology and Evolution. 2017.
@article{ff451555756d41e8a9711f22a87c9791,
title = "Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity",
abstract = "Threatened Caribbean coral communities can benefit from high-resolution genetic data used to inform management and conservation action. We use Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) to investigate genetic patterns in the threatened coral, Acropora cervicornis, across the Florida Reef Tract (FRT) and the western Caribbean. Results show extensive population structure at regional scales and resolve previously unknown structure within the FRT. Different regions also exhibit up to threefold differences in genetic diversity (He), suggesting targeted management based on the goals and resources of each population is needed. Patterns of genetic diversity have a strong spatial component, and our results show Broward and the Lower Keys are among the most diverse populations in Florida. The genetic diversity of Caribbean staghorn coral is concentrated within populations and within individual reefs (AMOVA), highlighting the complex mosaic of population structure. This variance structure is similar over regional and local scales, which suggests that in situ nurseries are adequately capturing natural patterns of diversity, representing a resource that can replicate the average diversity of wild assemblages, serving to increase intraspecific diversity and potentially leading to improved biodiversity and ecosystem function. Results presented here can be translated into specific goals for the recovery of A. cervicornis, including active focus on low diversity areas, protection of high diversity and connectivity, and practical thresholds for responsible restoration.",
keywords = "Acropora cervicornis, Conservation genetics, Ecological restoration, Florida Reef Tract, Intraspecific diversity, Next Generation Sequencing, Population genetics",
author = "Crawford Drury and Stephanie Schopmeyer and Elizabeth Goergen and Erich Bartels and Ken Nedimyer and Meaghan Johnson and Kerry Maxwell and Victor Galvan and Carrie Manfrino and Diego Lirman",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1002/ece3.3184",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "Ecology and Evolution",
issn = "2045-7758",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Ltd",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity

AU - Drury, Crawford

AU - Schopmeyer, Stephanie

AU - Goergen, Elizabeth

AU - Bartels, Erich

AU - Nedimyer, Ken

AU - Johnson, Meaghan

AU - Maxwell, Kerry

AU - Galvan, Victor

AU - Manfrino, Carrie

AU - Lirman, Diego

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Threatened Caribbean coral communities can benefit from high-resolution genetic data used to inform management and conservation action. We use Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) to investigate genetic patterns in the threatened coral, Acropora cervicornis, across the Florida Reef Tract (FRT) and the western Caribbean. Results show extensive population structure at regional scales and resolve previously unknown structure within the FRT. Different regions also exhibit up to threefold differences in genetic diversity (He), suggesting targeted management based on the goals and resources of each population is needed. Patterns of genetic diversity have a strong spatial component, and our results show Broward and the Lower Keys are among the most diverse populations in Florida. The genetic diversity of Caribbean staghorn coral is concentrated within populations and within individual reefs (AMOVA), highlighting the complex mosaic of population structure. This variance structure is similar over regional and local scales, which suggests that in situ nurseries are adequately capturing natural patterns of diversity, representing a resource that can replicate the average diversity of wild assemblages, serving to increase intraspecific diversity and potentially leading to improved biodiversity and ecosystem function. Results presented here can be translated into specific goals for the recovery of A. cervicornis, including active focus on low diversity areas, protection of high diversity and connectivity, and practical thresholds for responsible restoration.

AB - Threatened Caribbean coral communities can benefit from high-resolution genetic data used to inform management and conservation action. We use Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) to investigate genetic patterns in the threatened coral, Acropora cervicornis, across the Florida Reef Tract (FRT) and the western Caribbean. Results show extensive population structure at regional scales and resolve previously unknown structure within the FRT. Different regions also exhibit up to threefold differences in genetic diversity (He), suggesting targeted management based on the goals and resources of each population is needed. Patterns of genetic diversity have a strong spatial component, and our results show Broward and the Lower Keys are among the most diverse populations in Florida. The genetic diversity of Caribbean staghorn coral is concentrated within populations and within individual reefs (AMOVA), highlighting the complex mosaic of population structure. This variance structure is similar over regional and local scales, which suggests that in situ nurseries are adequately capturing natural patterns of diversity, representing a resource that can replicate the average diversity of wild assemblages, serving to increase intraspecific diversity and potentially leading to improved biodiversity and ecosystem function. Results presented here can be translated into specific goals for the recovery of A. cervicornis, including active focus on low diversity areas, protection of high diversity and connectivity, and practical thresholds for responsible restoration.

KW - Acropora cervicornis

KW - Conservation genetics

KW - Ecological restoration

KW - Florida Reef Tract

KW - Intraspecific diversity

KW - Next Generation Sequencing

KW - Population genetics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85021668350&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85021668350&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/ece3.3184

DO - 10.1002/ece3.3184

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85021668350

JO - Ecology and Evolution

JF - Ecology and Evolution

SN - 2045-7758

ER -