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Christina Ahlstrom, Ph.D.

Christina is a Geneticist for the Alaska Science Center.

My research aims to better understand wildlife and zoonotic diseases in Alaska and adjacent regions. I use molecular tools to investigate the genetic diversity and transmission pathways of pathogens in wildlife populations and the ecosystems they occupy. My main research topics include antimicrobial resistance in wild birds, avian influenza, and Giardia and Cryptosporidium parasites in Arctic Alaska. I strive to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of where pathogens are detected and their genetic relatedness among spatio-temporally diverse populations to help inform management actions aimed to interrupt transmission pathways.