Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Genetics and Evolution Teams


Dr. Jeff Hard
Program Manager
Staff Directory

Genetics and Evolution Program

The Genetics and Evolution Program employs proven and innovative approaches from genetics to aid conservation and management of marine and anadromous organisms. Our scientists have expertise in population, molecular and quantitative genetics, phylogenetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Our program's activities focus on problems in population genetics and evolutionary ecology, and on providing genetic analyses of forensic evidence for NOAA Fisheries' Office of Law Enforcement. Research topics include assessing genetic variation to support conservation of protected species, analyzing composition of mixed fishery stocks, estimating fitness in the wild, and evaluating effects of hatchery domestication, fishing, and climate change. Current research projects range from Alaska to Argentina and involve salmon, killer whales, herring, hake, rockfish, eulachon, tunicates, abalone, corals, and sponges.