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Carl Ostberg, Ph.D.

Carl is a Research Fish Biologist at the Western Fisheries Research Center.

Research Interests:

Carl’s research interests focus on evolutionary and conservation genetics.  Current research projects include several studies directed at generating a greater understanding of intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with hybridization between rainbow and cutthroat trout, using next generation sequencing to develop species-specific markers that differentiate endangered suckers endemic to the Klamath Lake basin, developing eDNA tool to evaluate recolonization extent of native and non-native fishes in the Elwha River following dam removal, and investigating morphological and genetic diversity of Dolly Varden in the Russian Far East.

Professional Experience

  • 2008 to Present - Research Fish Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2004-2008 - Fishery Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1997-2004 - Laboratory Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1995-1997 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 2014. University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Seattle, WA

  • M.S. 1997. Washington State University, Zoology, Pullman, WA

  • B.S. 1989. Washington State University, Biology, Pullman, WA

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Fisheries Society, Genetics section

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government