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M. Renee Bellinger

Specialty: Genomics, including conservation genomics, genome biology, population genetics, and transcriptomics.

Research Interests: ecology and conservation of animals and plants; holobionts and endosymbiosis; migration; sensory mechanisms, especially magnetoreception.

Personal interests: rockwork, gardening, family.

M. Renee Bellinger is a Research Geneticist at the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center based in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Her research focuses on applying genetic tools to understand population dynamics of native and invasive species, the impact of population bottlenecks on genetic diversity and fitness, and the relationship between genome-wide diversity, adaptation, and resilience to climate change. 

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