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Studying the genome of mountain goats shows us how they adapted to their environment

Source: theconversation.com

Seeing a mountain goat in the wild of southeast Alaska for the first time, with its stark white coat and graceful posture against a lush green mountain landscape, is an unforgettable experience.

Like many species across the globe, mountain goats are affected by the changing climate. With the warming environment, we are witnessing some species expanding their range north and to higher altitudes. Mountain goats are especially vulnerable as they are already at the northern limit of their range.

In my PhD research, I use genetic data to study the ecology and evolution of the North American mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus). MORE

Header image: Mountain goats are known for their exceptional climbing ability and distinct appearance. Credit: Kevin S. White, Author provided.