Mapping potential gene flow in pine and spruce
Trees in different locations are often adapted to the local climate, but, as climate changes, many tree populations are becoming maladapted. Pollen can travel long distances, bringing potentially useful alleles to trees in faraway populations. For this to happen, cones must be receptive at the time of pollen arrival from distant populations.
The goal of this project is to model potential gene flow under climate change while considering both tree phenology and pollen movement.
Funding: NSERC Discover Grant, Genome Canada and Genome BC through the Adaptree Project, UBC Four Year Fellowship.