Just read your interesting article on the genetics study/analysis that’s resulted in identification of “evolutionary hot-spots” in our SALCC.  I’m stationed at Back Bay NWR in southeastern VA and am wondering why the big white area exists on the map that includes our geographic area along with northeastern NC’s Pamlico Sound vicinity.  Was this area excluded from your study?  Or is there no data available?

Since this geographic area includes a large overlap zone for northern and southern species’ ranges, it seems logical that there should be a higher biodiversity present together with the potential for high genetic overlap; which leads to the potential for another evolutionary hot spot there.  What are your thoughts on this?

I am not a geneticist, just a field biologist, but I thought I should raise the question.  Will be waiting for your response.


John Gallegos

Sr. Wildlife Biologist