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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

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