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Eleni Petrou, Ph.D.

Molecular ecology, population genomics, management and conservation of marine species, historical ecology and ancient DNA, social-ecological systems

I am a population geneticist whose research addresses questions with practical applications to the management and conservation of wild populations. First, how is genetic diversity distributed and what mechanisms maintain it through time? Second, what are the effects of human activities on the evolutionary potential of populations that are foundational to food webs and human food systems? Third, can integrating information from the historical and archaeological record inform restoration and management goals? I also use genomics and bioinformatics to develop high-throughput tools for monitoring human-wildlife interactions. Much of my research is focused on coastal and boreal environments of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.