About

I have been working in fisheries genetics since 1999, and during that time my research focus has shifted from genetic laboratory techniques to broader applications in fisheries management.  I feel that genetics is an important component of fisheries biology, especially in the context of other relevant ecological and environmental data. I have used genetics techniques to identify marine fish species, examine their behavior, and quantify genetic variation and biodiversity.  More recently, I have been exploring the interface between genetic population structure and fisheries management.  Building such a bridge is complicated; under a precautionary approach to fisheries management, management units should correspond with a single genetic population, or stock; however, no clear method exists to use this information in management strategies. Through simulations using population genetic patterns and population dynamics similar to those of marine species, I hope to find ways to incorporate genetic population structure into spatial aspects of fisheries management. You can see my CV here.

Here is a picture of me on board the NOAA research vessel Oscar Dyson. I am performing genetic analysis of larval fish that we collected from plankton tows.

Here is a picture of me on board the NOAA research vessel Oscar Dyson. I am performing genetic analysis of larval fish that we collected from plankton tows.

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