Research in the Austin lab is categorized by two broad themes. One is the study of population and species-level processes. This includes methods from phylogenetics to molecular and demographic studies on the processes shaping diversity. Another main theme is the incorporation of sound ecological and evolutionary biology in fulfilling the needs of wildlife managers, agencies, and conservation organizations. These two avenues (theory and practice) are often difficult to reconcile as threatened species, due to their rarity, are often not ideal species for ecological or evolutionary study.

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