Professor - Conservation Ecology & Genetics
My general research interests are in ecology, population genetics, and conservation biology (CV). The primary focus of my research is the application of genetics to the conservation of natural and domesticated populations (see video). I work at FLBS and in the Montana Conservation Genetics Laboratory at the University of Montana (UM) with my colleague, Fred Allendorf. My research applies the principles and tools of population genetics to fish, wildlife, and a variety of other species including aquatic invasive species (AIS video). I have established exchange programs and collaborations between UM and the University of Porto in Portugal (CIBIO-UP) with my colleague Albano Beja-Pereira. I have collaborations in conservation and genetics with Mike Schwartz and others at the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Many of our projects use molecular genetic markers and novel data analysis approaches to understand and monitor patterns of genetic variation, landscape connectivity, and viability in natural populations. To see information on our research projects, click here.