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Listed below are the names of USGS personnel with genetics and genomics expertise, as well as, if available, sample project pages.

Facility
Name
Expertise
Research Samples
Alaska Science Center Pearce, John M.
Research Wildlife Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • Using Genetic Markers to Determine Population Status and Management Strategies of Wildlife
  • Genetic Research on Wildlife Disease
Alaska Science Center Ramey, Andrew M.
Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
Alaska Science Center Sage, G. Kevin
Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
Alaska Science Center Sonsthagen, Sarah
Geneticist
  • population genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • next generation sequencing
  • field biology
Alaska Science Center Talbot, Sandra L.
Research Wildlife Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics (comparative, systematics)
Arizona Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit

Culver, Melanie
Assistant Unit Leader of the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit
  • conservation genetics
  • population genetics
  • molecular systematics
  • molecular ecology
Columbia Environmental Research Center

Richter, Catherine A.
Research Molecular Biologist
  • genomics (functional)
  • other (molecular biology)
link to project summary Effects of Mercury on Reproductive Function in Fish and Associated Gene Expression
link to project summary Gene Expression Profiles for Contaminants with Diverse Modes of Action
link to project summary Q-PCR Detection of Bacterial Sources of Thiaminase I, a Potential Cause of Thiamine Deficiency and Early Mortality Syndrome in Great Lakes Salmonines
Columbia Environmental Research Center Stroh, Esther D.
Ecologist
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • taxonomy
Columbia Environmental Research Center Tillitt, Donald E.
Chief of Biochemistry Branch
 
link to project summary Atrazine Effects on Fish Reproduction and Subsequent Effects on Populations
link to project summary Intersex in Largemouth Bass Induced by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

 

Columbia Environmental Research Center Wright-Osment, Maureen K.
Biologist
  • genomics (functional)
  • other (molecular biology)
 
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

 
Haig, Susan M.
Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (pedigree analysis)
link to project summary Behavioral Ecology of the Micronesian Kingfisher in Pohnpei: Use of a Surrogate Subspecies in the Recovery of Kingfishers from Guam
link to project summary Conservation Genetics of Threatened Pacific Northwest Amphibians
link to project summary

Conservation Genetics of Spotted Owls

link to project summary Development of Molecular Markers in Spotted/Barred Owl Hybrids for Use in Forensic Law Enforcement
link to project summary Individual Identification, Population Structure, and Viability of Puerto Rican Parrots
link to project summary Predicting and Managing Climate Change:  Impacts on Semi-Arid Land Wetlands, Migratory Birds, and Their Prey
link to project summary Reconsideration of Definition of Genetic Conservation Units in Western Snowy Plovers
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Miller, Mark P.
Statistician
 
link to project summary Molecular Genetic Analyses of Threatened and Endangered Piping Plovers
link to project summary Predicting and Managing Climate Change:  Impacts on Semi-Arid Land Wetlands, Migratory Birds, and Their Prey
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Mullins, Thomas D.
Conservation Genetics Lab Manager, Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (pedigree analysis)
Fort Collins Science Center Schmidt, Travis  
link to project summary Predicting and Managing Climate Change:  Impacts on Semi-Arid Land Wetlands, Migratory Birds, and Their Prey
Fort Collins Science Center: Molecular Ecology Lab (MEL)

 
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (molecular evolution)
Fort Collins Science Center: Molecular Ecology Lab (MEL) Oyler-McCance, Sara J.
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (molecular evolution)
link to project summary Assessing Family Relationships in Broad-tailed Hummingbird
link to project summary Comparison of Trumpeter Swan Populations Using Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genetic Markers
link to project summary Degradation Rates of DNA Extracted from Mountain Lion Fecal Samples for Use with Molecular Markers
link to project summary Determining the Effects and Consequences of Climate Change on White-tailed Ptarmigan Using a 41-Year Data Set to Investigate Trends in Demography, Genetic Variability, and Nutritional Ecology
link to project summary Evaluation of Black Bear Population Structure in Colorado
link to project summary Metapopulation Dynamics of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in Southwestern Kansas
link to project summary Multilocus Population Genetic Survey of Greater Sage-Grouse Across their Range
link to project summary Population Genetic Analysis of Mountain Plover
link to project summary

Population Genetics of Gunnison Sage-Grouse

link to project summary Population Genetics of Wood Frogs in Rocky Mountain National Park
link to project summary Population Structure and Dynamics of the Midget Faded Rattlesnake
link to project summary Using DNA as an Individual Marker for Mark-Recapture Analysis of Gunnison Sage-Grouse
link to project summary Using Molecular Genetic Techniques to Investigate Colony Dynamics of the Endangered Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)
Fort Collins Science Center: Molecular Ecology Lab (MEL) Fike, Jennifer
Geneticist

  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (molecular evolution)
Great Lakes Science Center Byappanahali, Muruleedhara
Research Microbiologist
 
Great Lakes Science Center Stott, Wendylee
Research Fishery Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • other (landscape genetics, data management)
link to project summary Conservation Genetics of Lake Superior Brook Trout
link to project summary Heritage Strain and Diet of Wild Young of Year and Yearling Lake Trout in the Main Basin of Lake Huron
Leetown Science Center Blazer, Vicki S.
Fishery Biologist
 
Leetown Science Center Densmore, Christine
Veterinary Medical Officer
 
link to project summary Investigating the Nature of a Putative Virus Isolated from the Introduced Species, the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus), Present in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Leetown Science Center Iwanowicz, Luke R.
Fishery Biologist
 
link to project summary Development of In Vitro Assays Utilizing Relevant Teleost Cell Lines to Assess Bioactivity in Environmental Water Samples
link to project summary Exploration of the Host Response to Iridovirus Exposure: Identification and Temporal Expression of Immunoregulatory Genes in Scaphirhynchus spp.
link to project summary Investigating the Nature of a Putative Virus Isolated from the Introduced Species, the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus), Present in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Leetown Science Center King, Timothy L.
Fishery Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • cellular/developmental genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (landscape genetics, community genetics)
link to project summary Applying Conservation Genetics to the Recovery of Freshwater Mollusks
link to project summary Assessing Reproductively-Effective Movement (i.e., Gene Flow) of the Northern Snakehead in the Tidal Potomac River
link to project summary Captive Breeding Management and Assessment of Augmentation Efforts with Multilocus Microsatellite DNA Genotypes in the Endangered Clubshell
link to project summary
Comprehensive Genetic Analyses Reveal Evolutionary Distinction of the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Proposed for Delisting from the U.S. Endangered Species Act
link to project summary Conservation Genetics of Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus): Marker Development, Identification of Population Genetic Structure, and Broodstock Management
link to project summary

Conservation Genetics of Brook Trout: Phylogeography, Population Structure, Captive Breeding Management, and the Adaptative Significance of Observed Differentiation

link to project summary Conservation Genetics of the Endangered Key Largo Woodrat
link to project summary Conservation Implications of Range Discontinuity in a Unionid Bivalve
link to project summary Delineating Population Structure and Kinship among the Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler
link to project summary Delineation of Evolutionarily Significant Lineages of Shortnose Sturgeon using Polysomic Microsatellite DNA Markers
link to project summary Development of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Markers for Rapid, Inexpensive, and Standardized Identification of Pallid and Shovelnose Sturgeon Larvae
link to project summary Estimating Black Bear (Ursus americanus) Population Density and Genetic Diversity Through Unique Multilocus Microsatellite DNA Genotypes
link to project summary Genetic Population Structure of Atlantic Salmon: A Range-Wide Perspective from Microsatellite DNA Variation
link to project summary Identification of Population Structure, Metapopulation Extent, and Evolutionarily Significant Lineages in the Federally Threatened Bog Turtle: Implications for Restoration
link to project summary Identification of Population Structure, Metapopulation Extent, and Evolutionarily Significant Lineages of the Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs Inhabiting Vernal Pools in Six National Parks
link to project summary Identification of the Basic Unit of Management Unit Among Jefferson Salamanders Inhabiting Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DEWA)
link to project summary Identifying the Basic Unit of Management Among Collections of the Horseshoe Crab
link to project summary Molecular Techniques for the Control and Eradication of Invasive Species
link to project summary Multilocus Microsatellite DNA Genotypes as a Tool for Determining the Continent-of-Origin of Atlantic salmon Collected in the West Greenland Mixed-Fishery
link to project summary Utilizing Multilocus Genotypes to Reveal Population Connectivity (and Subterranean Water Flow) Among Collections of the Madison Cave Isopod
Leetown Science Center Letcher, Benjamin H.
Research Ecologist
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • other (landscape genetics, community genetics)
link to project summary Landscape Genetics of Wild Brook Trout
Leetown Science Center Lubinski, Barbara A.
Biologist
 

 

Leetown Science Center Morrison, Cheryl
Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • cellular/developmental genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (landscape genetics, community genetics)
link to project summary Clubshells and Pigtoes of the Pleurobemini: Molecular Systematics to Clarify a Conchological Conundrum
link to project summary Connectivity Among Reefs Formed by the Deep-Sea Coral Lophelia pertusa
link to project summary Deep Relationships: Genetic Tools to Understand Complex Coral Family Tree
link to project summary Deep-Sea Coral Community Genetics
link to project summary Phylogeographic Analyses Suggest Multiple Lineages in the Endangered Crystal Darter
link to project summary USGS DISCOVRE Expedition: Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems
Leetown Science Center Robertson, Laura S.
Research Geneticist
  • cellular/developmental genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • other (landscape genetics, community genetics)
link to project summary Do Environmental Contaminants Disrupt Smolt Development in Atlantic Salmon?
link to project summary Does Pesticide Exposure Disrupt the Innate Immunity of Frogs?
link to project summary Effects of Estrogen and Estrogenic Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds on Fish Immunity
link to project summary Using TGF-beta as a Biomarker for Stress in Fish, Several Species of Concern
Leetown Science Center Schill, William Bane
Research Chemist
  • molecular genetics
  • cellular/developmental genetics
  • genomics
Leetown Science Center Starliper, Clifford E.
Microbiologist
 
Leetown Science Center Switzer, John F.  
link to project summary Boreal Toad (Bufo boreas boreas)
link to project summary Candy Darter
link to project summary Migratory Tree Bats
Leetown Science Center Van Manen, Frank
Ecologist
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
Leetown Science Center Young, John A.
Biologist
 
link to project summary American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.)
National Wetlands Research Center Carter, Jacoby
Research Ecologist
 
link to project summary Island Applesnails (Pomacea insularum)
link to project summary Nutria (Myocastor coypus)
National Wetlands Research Center Grace, James B.
Research Ecologist
  • genomics
 
National Wetlands Research Center Jenkins, Jill A.
Microbiologist
  • other (flow cytometry, cell and molecular biology, andrology, comparative immunology)
link to project summary Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)
link to project summary Razorback Sucker (Xyrauchen texanus)
link to project summary Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica)
National Wetlands Research Center

Krauss, Ken W.
Research Ecologist

 
link to project summary Coastal Freshwater Forested Wetlands
National Wildlife Health Center Blehert, David S.
Diagnostic Microbiologist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
link to related summary Population Genetics of Geomyces destrucans from Whole Genome Sequences
link to project summary Wild Bird Avian Cholera
National Wildlife Health Center Cole, Rebecca
Diagnostic Parasitologist
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • taxonomy
 
National Wildlife Health Center Docherty, Douglas
Diagnostic Virologist, Emeritus
 
National Wildlife Health Center

Hall, Jeffrey S.
Research Virologist

 

 

Examining Virus Isolates from Birds in the North Atlantic for Eurasian Strains of Avian Influenza
  Surveillance of Avian Influenza in Wild Mammals
  Understanding the Dynamics of Avian Influenza: Transmission, Spread, and Potential Risk
National Wildlife Health Center Hansen, Wallace
Research Virologist, Emeritus
  • molecular genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
 
National Wildlife Health Center Heisey, Dennis
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Researcher
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
 
National Wildlife Health Center Hofemeister, Erik
Veterinary Medical Officer
  • molecular genetics
 
National Wildlife Health Center Ip, Hon S.
Diagnostic Virologist
  • molecular genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
link to project summary Molecular Techniques in Pathogen Detection and Quantification
link to project summary Viral Genetics--Nucleotide Sequences and Viruses that Effect Wildlife
National Wildlife Health Center Rocke, Tonie E.
Research Epizootiologist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
link to project summary Prairie Dogs, Black-footed Ferrets, and Sylvatic Plague
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Cross, Paul C.
Disease Ecologist
 
link to summary Predicting Disease Spread among Greater Yellowstone Elk using DNA Markers for Elk and their Parasites
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Gogan, Peter J.
Wildlife Research Biologist
 
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Kendall, Katherine C.
Wildlife Biologist
 
link to project summary Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Muhlfeld, Clint C.
Research Aquatic Ecologist
 
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Schwartz, Charles C.
Research Wildlife Biologist
 
link to project summary Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit Schreck, Carl B.
Unit Leader, Research Fish Biologist

 

 
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Banko, Paul C.
Wildife Biologist
 
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Chesser, R. Terry
Research Zoologist
  • taxonomy
  • other (biodiversity and conservation, molecular systematics, phylogeography)
  • Genetic variation in the North American white-headed gull complex: population genetics and post-airstrike identification
  • Genetic variation, phylogeography, and conservation status of selected Caribbean and Pacific seabirds: a study of genetic differentiation in marine environments
  • Molecular systematics, biogeography, and taxonomy of the New World suboscines, an endemic American radiation
  • Comparative genetic, vocal, and morphological variation in antwrens (Formicariidae): patterns of speciation and cryptic species diversity
  • Systematic and Phylogenetic Relationships of Birds, Based on Biomolecular and Morphological Approaches
  • Terry Chesser Publications from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Droege, Sam
Biologist
link to project summary Bee Conservation
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Hahn, Caldwell
Research Wildlife Biologist
 
link to project summary Genetics of Avian Immunity: Resilience in the Face of Emerging Zoonoses and Climate Change
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.
Research Ecologist
  • molecular genetics
  • other (ecotoxicogenomics, molecular biomarkers)
link to project summary Assessment of Genetic Damage in Wildlife Species using mtDNA
link to project summary Profiling Mercury Response Genes in Bird Embryos as an Indicator of Species Sensitivity
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Melancon, Mark J.  
Southeast Ecological Science Center

Bonde, Robert K. 
Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • cellular/developmental genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
link to project summary Manatee - Sirenia Project
link to project summary Monitoring Manatee Health at Crystal River, Florida
Southeast Ecological Science Center Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.
Benthic Ecologist
 
link to project summary USGS DISCOVRE Expedition: Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems
Southeast Ecological Science Center Hart, Kristen M.
Research Ecologist
 
Southeast Ecological Science Center Hunter, Margaret E.
Research Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
  • other (transciptomics, landscape genetics, community genetics)
St. Petersburg Science Center Griffin, Dale W.
Public Health Microbiologist
  • molecular genetics
  • taxonomy

 

St. Petersburg Science Center Kellogg, Christina A.
Environmental Microbiologist
  • molecular genetics
  • genomics
  • taxonomy
link to project summary Using Microarray Technology to Study Mechanisms of Coral Disease
link to project summary USGS DISCOVRE Expedition: Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems
Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Patino, Reynaldo
Unit Leader

 

 
Voytek Microbiology
Kirshtein, Julie  
link to project summary Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytrid Fungus) in Aquatic Environments
Western Ecological Research Center Barr, Kelly R.
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
 
Western Ecological Research Center Bowen, Lizabeth
Ecologist
  • molecular genetics
  • Gene Regulation in Response to Xenobiotic Exposure and Immunological Stress in Marine Vertebrates
Western Ecological Research Center Fisher, Robert N. 
Biologist
  • systematics
link to project summary Coast Horned Lizards Integrating Genetic, Morphological, and Ecological Data to Identify Species
Western Ecological Research Center Hill, Nichola J.  
link to project summary Rapid Molecular Techniques for Avian Influenza Detection in Wild Birds
Western Ecological Research Center Lafferty, Kevin D.
Research Ecologist
 
link to project summary DNA Libraries Open the Books on Trematode Parasites
Western Ecological Research Center Markert, Jeffrey
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
 
Western Ecological Research Center Miles, A. Keith
Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist
  • molecular genetics
link to project summary Expression of Genes (as Novel Biomarkers) in Sea Otter Populations as Indicators of Exposure to Organic Pollutants, Metals, Parasites, Bacterial Infection, Viral Infection, and Thermal Stress
Western Ecological Research Center Richmond, Jonathan
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • systematics
 
Western Ecological Research Center Takekawa, John Y.
Research Wildlife Biologist
 
link to project summary Rapid Molecular Techniques for Avian Influenza Detection in Wild Birds
Western Ecological Research Center Vandergast, Amy G.
Geneticist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • systematics
link to project summary Conservation Genetics of the Endangered Alameda Whipsnake
link to project summary GIS-Based Approach to Identify Hotspots of Evolutionary Potential Applied to Southern California
link to project summary Loss of Genetic Connectivity due to Habitat Fragmentation in Southern California Endemic Jerusalem crickets
link to project summary Rapid Genetic Identification of Southern California Fairy Shrimp from Cysts
Western Ecological Research Center Wood, Dustin A.
Biologist
  • molecular genetics
  • population/quantitative genetics
  • statistical/computational genetics
  • systematics
link to project summary Unraveling the Morphological and Genetic Diversity in the Western Shovel-Nosed Snake
Western Fisheries Research Center Elliott, Diane G.
Research Microbiologist
 
link to project summary Adaptive Potential of Chinook Salmon to Resist Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
Western Fisheries Research Center Emmenegger, Eveline J.
Research Microbiologist
   
Western Fisheries Research Center Kurath, Gael
Microbiologist
 
link to project summary Emerging Virus Threat to Fish in Western Washington
Western Fisheries Research Center Ostberg, Carl O.
Fishery Biologist
 
  • Genetic analysis of Pacific salmonids in the Northeast Pacific and the Russian Far East
Western Fisheries Research Center Purcell, Maureen K.
Microbiologist
 
link to project summary Adaptive Potential of Chinook Salmon to Resist Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
Western Fisheries Research Center Rodriguez, Russell J.
Microbiologist
 
  • Genetic Analysis of Salmonids and Other Fishes in the Western US
Western Fisheries Research Center Winton, James R.  
link to project summary Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in the Great Lakes
Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Sloss, Brian L.
Assistant Unit Leader, Geneticist
 
Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Samuel, Michael D.
Assistant Unit Leader
 
link to project summary Application of Landscape Genetics for Predicting Spread of CWD in Wisconsin
link to related project summary Has CWD produced genetic selection in the Wisconsin white-tailed deer populations?
link to project summary Genetic Resistance to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in White-tailed Deer
link to project summary Role of Breeding Interactions on CWD Transmission in White-tailed Deer
link to project summary Social Group Interactions and CWD Transmission in Female White-tailed Deer

 


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