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Janet Loxterman

Janet L. Loxterman, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair
Evolutionary Biology

Office: Life Sciences 230

(208) 282-4150


Chair Office

Office: Life Sciences 227

(208) 282-4150



Lab: Life Sciences 434


BIOL 1101 Major concepts in Biology I
BIOL 5514 Graduate TA Seminar
BIOL 3358 Genetics

Biographical Sketch

My main research interests involve the combination of population genetics with conservation biology and ecology. Specifically, I am interested in the application of molecular genetic techniques to questions of conservation and ecological importance. I have worked with a variety of vertebrate species from both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Both ecological and genetic studies can have limitations when applied to questions of conservation importance. I try to overcome these limitations by combining ecological data with genetic information. Using both demographic and genetic data provides a more complete picture of the geographic population structure of a species, which is important in designing effective management plans. Hence, the unification of ecology, genetics, and conservation in the field of conservation genetics has unlimited applications to future problems facing biologists, including species protection, reintroduction programs, and habitat restoration.



2001, Ph.D. Biology, Conservation Genetics, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1995, M.S. Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1992, B.S. Behavioral Neuroscience, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

2002-2003, Postdoctoral fellow, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish Conservation Genetics Unit, Olympia, WA
2001-2002, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

Selected Publications

Loxterman, J. L, E. R. Keeley, and Z. M. Njoroge. 2014. Evaluating the influence of barriers tomovement and stocking history on the spatial extent of hybridization between westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences,71:1050-1058.

Blakney, J. R., Loxterman, J. L. and E. R. Keeley. 2014. Range-wide comparisons of northernleatherside chub populations reveal historical and contemporary patterns of geneticvariation. Conservation Genetics, 15:757-770.

Loxterman, J. L. and E. R. Keeley. 2012. Watershed boundaries and geographic isolation:diversification in cutthroat trout in the Intermountain west. BMC Evolutionary Biology,12:38.

Loxterman, J. L. 2011. Fine scale population genetic structure of pumas in the IntermountainWest. Conservation Genetics, 12:1049-1059.

Cook, J. A, A. A. Eddingsaas, J. L. Loxterman, S. Ebbert, and S. O. MacDonald. 2010. InsularArctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus parryii) of the North Pacific: Indigenous orExotic? Journal of Mammalogy, 91:1401-1412.

Hill, R, J. L. Loxterman, K. Aho. 2017. Insular biogeography and population genetics of dwarfmistletoe (Arceuthobium americanum). Ecosphere 8:1-17.