LUTZ, ANDREW W.* AND ANDREA D WOLFE. Department of Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, 1735 Neil Avenue, , Columbus, OH 43210. - Population genetics of the endiemic species, Penstemon caryi Pennel.
Penstemon caryi (Scrophulariaceae) is an endemic of the Big
Horn Mountains of Wyoming and the Pryor Mountains of Montana. The
species is endemic to exposed limestone outcrops that occur
infrequently throughout the region. Nine populations were collected
from The Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve in Wyoming. Five
inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers were used to evaluate
genetic diversity found within and among populations of P.
caryi. Results from this study, in conjunction with results from
a reproductive ecology study, will be used to determine conservation
strategies for the species on Nature Conservancy lands.
Key words: Conservation Genetics, Genetic Diversity, ISSR, Penstemon caryi, Population Genetics