Climatic influences on the genetic structure and distribution of the common vole and field vole in Europe

Stojak, J, Borowik, T, Górny, M, McDevitt, A ORCID: and Wójcik, JM 2018, 'Climatic influences on the genetic structure and distribution of the common vole and field vole in Europe' , Mammal Research, 64 (1) , pp. 19-29.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of climate on the distribution and present-day genetic structure of the common vole (Microtus arvalis) and the field vole (Microtus agrestis). In this study, we used previously published data on the genetic structure (using microsatellite DNA) of the common and field vole in Central Europe and a set of climatic variables to conduct binomial generalized linear and environmental niche modeling. In terms of present-day genetic structure, climate is an important factor shaping the patterns of distribution of the identified genetic groups, with the average minimum temperature in January being a significant factor for both species. For the field vole, average annual precipitation was an important factor also and consistent with the species’ preference for wet habitats. Therefore, this study has provided indirect evidence that (1) climate can shape the genetic structure and distribution of species at both broad and local scales and (2) using genetic data and species distribution modeling can be an effective approach to establish locations of putative glacial refugia for different species in Europe and to explore their past evolutionary history.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Mammal Research
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2199-2401
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Depositing User: Dr A McDevitt
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 08:50
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:48

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