Researchers from the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR) at Black Hills State University recently had a paper accepted for publication in the journal, Molecular Ecology Notes.

Dr. Shane Sarver, biology professor and director of CCBR, and Dr. Cynthia Anderson, research faculty and associate director of CCBR, co-authored the paper titled, “Development of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered Topeka shiner, Notropis topeka.”

The Topeka shiner has been recognized as a species in danger of extinction and was listed as a federal endangered species in 1998. In order to establish effective management strategies for Notropis Topeka, the genetic diversity and population structure of the existing populations is being studied in CCBR at BHSU.

The Topeka shiner, Notropis Topeka, was once prevalent throughout the great plains states, but all populations have experienced a severe decline. Significant populations of Topeka shiners are now restricted to the Flint Hills in Kansas, tributaries of the Missouri River in Missouri, and in eastern South Dakota. The remaining populations represent only 10 percent of the Topeka shiner’s overall historic range. 

Sarver, who joined the BHSU faculty in 1996, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from California Polytechnic State University and his masters in biology from Humboldt State University. He received his doctorate in biology from Louisiana State.

Anderson received her bachelor’s in biology from Montana State University as well as her doctorate in plant sciences, plant pathology, and fungal molecular genetics from Montana State University. Anderson has been with BHSU since 1999.