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Dr. Leos Kral

Associate Professorphoto
Molecular Genetics





Research Interests

Conservation genetics of fish species that are endemic to the Tallapoosa watershed in western Georgia. Specifically, the genetic structure of the Tallappoosa darter (Etheostoma tallapoosae) and the Tallapoosa shiner (Cyprinella gibbsi) populations is being determined. The aim of this research is to understand the geographic distribution of genetic diversity of these rare (though not yet endangered) species so that informed decisions can be made about conservation efforts. The population numbers of these species are low because of habitat degradation caused by impoundment, channelization, and excessive sediment deposition due to human population growth and increased land development.


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