The Conservation Genetics Community of Practice (Community) is an interactive forum to facilitate the exchange of information and technologies to strengthen the use and understanding of the conservation genetics within the FWS.
The Service currently has a strong conservation genetics research capacity, with more than 25 employees spread over six laboratories in Regions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7. Employees from many programs throughout the Service apply genetics information to management and conservation issues. The Service will continue to have increasing needs for conservation genetics expertise and analysis, for both functioning laboratories and for biologists and managers who wish to improve their ability to assimilate and utilize genetic information in the decision making process. The Community will help the Service to be proactive in meeting those needs, which in turn will increase the utility, validity and credibility of Service science.
What is a “Community of Practice”?
A community of practice is a user-defined group structured around a shared focus area; they are becoming more common in public and private institutions across the world. Communities provide a network of individuals with a forum to facilitate interaction and communication of relevant information. Communities can be structured in multiple levels, based on interest, needs, and expertise, and are often centered on a group of core members. Interaction among a diverse group of users can creating synergy and efficiencies, allowing members to operate within a larger strategic perspective and guiding future growth or highlighting areas for further development.