Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Scholar
I am an evolutionary biologist with particular interests in population genomics and conservation. I use simulations and analyses of empirical genomic data to understand inbreeding, inbreeding depression, and the genetic underpinnings of phenotypic variation and adaptation in wild populations. Currently, I am investigating hybridization, outbreeding depression, and adaptation in native salmonids.
2001-2005, B.S. Organismal Biology, Montana State University, Bozeman
2007-2013, Ph.D. Organismal Biology & Ecology, University of Montana; Advisors: Gordon Luikart and Fred W. Allendorf; Dissertation title: “The genetic basis of fitness: detecting inbreeding depression and selective sweeps in bighorn sheep”
2016-present, Postdoctoral Researcher, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, Polson, Montana, USA
2014-2016, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Genetic basis of fitness-related traits
Kardos M, Åkesson M, Fountain T, Flagstad Ø, Liberg O, Olason P, Sand H, Wabakken P, Wikenros C, Ellegren H. 2017. Genomic consequences of intensive inbreeding in an isolated wolf population. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 124-131.
Kardos M, Qvarnström A, Ellegren H. 2017. Inferring individual inbreeding and demographic history from segments of identity by descent in Ficedula flycatcher genome sequences. Genetics 205: 1319-1334.
Hedrick PW, Kardos M, Peterson R, Vucetich JA. 2016. Genomic variation of inbreeding and ancestry in the remaining two Isle Royale wolves. Journal of Heredity 108: 120-126.
Kardos M, Taylor HR, Ellegren H, Luikart G, Allendorf FW. 2016. Genomics advances the study of inbreeding depression in the wild. Evolutionary Applications 9: 1205-1218.
Roffler G, Amish S, Smith S, Cosart T, Kardos M, Luikart G, Schwartz M. 2016. SNP discovery in candidate adaptive genes using exon capture in a free-ranging alpine ungulate. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 1147-1164.
Stoffel MA, Esser M, Nichols H, Kardos M, David P, Hoffman JI. 2016. inbreedR: An R package for the analysis of inbreeding based on genetic markers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 1331-1339.
Shafer ABA, Miller JM, Kardos M. 2016. Cross-species application of SNP chips is not suitable for identifying runs of homozygosity. Journal of Heredity 107: 193-195.
Kardos M, Husby A, McFarlane E, Qvarnström A, Ellegren H. 2015. Whole-genome resequencing of extreme phenotypes in collared flycatchers highlights the difficulty of detecting quantitative trait loci in natural populations. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 727-741.
Kardos M, Luikart G, Bunch R, Dewey S, Edwards H, McWilliam S, Stephenson J, Allendorf FW, Hogg JT, Kijas J. 2015. Whole genome resequencing uncovers molecular signatures of natural and sexual selection in wild bighorn sheep. Molecular Ecology 24: 5616-5632.
Kardos M, Luikart G, Allendorf FW. 2015. Measuring individual inbreeding in the age of genomics: marker-based measures are better than pedigrees. Heredity 115: 63-72.
Taylor HR, Kardos M, Ramstad KM, Allendorf FW. 2015. Valid estimates of individual inbreeding coefficients from marker-based pedigrees are not feasible in wild populations with low allelic diversity. Conservation Genetics 16: 901-913.
Hand BK, Chen S, Anderson N, Beja-Pereira A, Cross P, Ebinger M, Edwards W, Garrot B, Kardos M, Kauffman M, Landguth EL, Middleton A, Schwartz M, Scurlock B, White PJ, Zager P, Luikart G. 2014. Sex-Biased gene flow among elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5: 124-132.
Kardos M, Allendorf FW, Luikart G. 2014. Evaluating the role of inbreeding depression in heterozygosity-fitness correlations: how useful are tests for identity disequilibrium? Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 519-530.
See W, Edwards H, Lowell J, Wallen R, Kardos M, Almendra C, Gardipee F, Cain S, Holben W, Luikart G. 2012. Yersinia enterocolitica: an unlikely cause of positive brucellosis tests in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem bison. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 48: 538-541.
2012, NSF EPSCoR Montana Institute on Ecosystems Graduate Fellowship ($8,700)
2012, Montana Ecology of Infectious Diseases research grant ($10,000)
2011, Montana Ecology of Infectious Diseases IGERT Travel awards (3) ($7,000)
2009, Honorable mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2009, Montana Ecology of Infectious Diseases Small Research Grant ($2,500)
2007, Montana Ecology of Infectious Diseases NSF IGERT Traineeship ($82,000)
2005, NSF EPSCoR research grant ($500)
Conservation Genomics Workshop, Flathead Lake Biological Station; University of Montana, 6 September 2016, 27 September 2017, 28 September 2017
Wild Genomics 2015, Selbu, Norway, 24 June 2015
Department of Zoology, University of Stockholm, 7 November 2014
Grand Teton National Park Research Symposium; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 7 September 2011
Foundation for North American Wild Sheep; Sheridan, Wyoming, 5 June 2010
Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group; Grand Teton National Park, 11 January 2009
SELECTED CONFERENCE TALKS
North American Congress for Conservation Biology; Missoula, Montana, 14 July 2014
Evolution; Snowbird, Utah, 25 June 2013
International Congress for Conservation Biology; Auckland, New Zealand, 5 December 2011
Evolution; Norman, Oklahoma, 19 June 2011
International Congress for Conservation Biology; Edmonton, Alberta, 6 July 2010
Fall 2009, 2010: Ecology, with Prof. Erick Greene
Spring 2010: Ecology, with Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa
Spring & Fall 2011: Ecology, with Dr. John Roach
Spring 2010, Fall 2011: Conservation Genetics, with Prof. Fred W. Allendorf
Genetic Drift; Conservation Genetics; University of Montana, 08 February 2017
Measuring individual inbreeding in the age of genomics: marker-based measures are better than pedigrees; Conservation Genetics; University of Montana; 08 January 2016
Studying inbreeding depression in the age of genomics; Conservation Genetics; University of Montana; 23 January 2014
Inbreeding depression and pedigree analysis; Conservation Genetics; University of Montana; 28 October 2011
Inbreeding depression and pedigree analysis; Conservation Genetics; University of Montana; 16 March 2010
Population genetics as a tool in ecology and conservation; Ecology; University of Montana; 24 February 2010
Ecology and Evolution
Journal of Heredity
Journal of Wildlife Management
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Molecular Ecology Resources
Nature Scientific Reports
Royal Society Open Science
French National Research Agency (ANR)
American Fisheries Society
Genetics Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution