Conservation efforts are often informed by measures of genetic structure within or between isolated populations. We have established a simulation approach to investigate how isolated or captive populations can display misleading (i.e recently acquired) genetic structure as a result of genetic drift. We utilized a combination of softwares to generate isolated population genetic datasets that allow interrogation of emerging genetic structure under a range of conditions. We have developed a new statistic, S, to describe the extent of differentiation due to genetic drift between two isolated populations within the clustering software, STRUCTURE.
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