Ph.D. Biology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014
Research Interest: Conservation Genetics eDNA and Population Demographics
Daniel Gaillard received his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014. His research as a PhD student focused on conservation genetics of two threatened species in the southeastern United States, the gopher tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus) and the ringed sawback map turtle (Graptemys oculifera）. His work also involved regional variation in soil and gut metagenomics of the gopher tortoise. Daniel’s major interests are in utilizing conservation genetic tools in direct application for species management. He is also interested in wildlife forensic genetics and the use of environmental DNA samples to identify the presence of rare and/or endangered species. Daniel also has thousands of hours of field work experience and will use this experience to locate and collect endangered Chinese turtles species. Daniel will use conservation genetic techniques to aid in the management of both captive and wild populations of endangered turtles in China.
- Kreiser BR, Ennen JR, Gaillard DL, and Qualls CP(2013). Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) and cross-amplification in other species of Gopherus. Conservation Genetics Resources 5(1): 255-259.
- Ennen JR, Kreiser BR, Qualls CP, Gaillard DL, Aresco M, Birkhead R, Tuberville TD, McCoy ED, Mushinsky H, Hentges TW, Schrey A.(2012). Mitochondrial DNA assessment of the phylogeography of the gopher tortoise. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(1):110–122
- Ennen JR, Birkhead RD, Kreiser BR, Gaillard DL, Qualls CP and Lovich JE(2011). The effects of isolation on the demography and genetic diversity of long-lived species: implications for conservation and management of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 6(2): 202-214.