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Janet Loxterman

Janet Loxterman, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor
Evolutionary Biology

Office: Life Sciences 206

(208) 282-6167


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

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.


BIOL 101 Introductory Biology for Majors
BIOL 499/599 Introduction to College Teaching
BIOL 492 Senior Seminar

Selected Publications

Dalerum, F., J. L. Loxterman, B. Shults, K. Kunkel, and J. A. Cook. 2007. Sex specific dispersal patterns of wolverines: insights from microsatellite markers. Journal of Mammalogy 88:793-800.

Small, M. P., J. G. McLellan, J. L. Loxterman, J. F. Von Bargen, A. E. Frye, C. Bowman, and D. Hawkins. 2007. Fine-scale population structure of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the Spokane River drainage in relation to hatchery stocking and barriers. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 136:301-317.

Laundré, J. W. and J. L. Loxterman. 2007. Impact of edge habitat on summer home range size in female pumas. American Midland Naturalist 157:221-229.

Small, M. P, J. L. Loxterman, A.E. Frye, J.F. Von Bargen, C. Bowman and S.F. Young. 2005. Temporal and spatial genetic structure among some Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) populations in Puget Sound and the southern Strait of Georgia. Transactions of the America Fisheries Society 134:1329-1341.

Loxterman, J. L., N. D. Moncrief, R. D. Dueser, C. R. Carlson, and J. F. Pagels. 1998. Allozymic variation in sympatric, insular and mainland populations of Oryzomys palustris and Peromyscus leucopus: the effect of dispersal abilities on genetic population structure. Journal of Mammalogy, 79:66-77.


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