Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Staff

Dr. Linda Park
Supervisor
Staff Directory


Molecular Genetics Team

Scientists in the Molecular Genetics Team work in two broad areas:

Research areas in which the Team is particularly active include evaluating the genetic effects of artificial propagation, estimating effective population size, understanding the effects of natural selection on molecular genetic diversity, identifying the genetic basis of phenotypic traits, and analyzing forensic evidence associated with potential ESA violations. In addition to being important for the viability of a species, genetic diversity provides a source of "genetic markers" that can be used to answer critical resource management questions. For example, Team scientists assay genetic markers to help delineate conservation units, to measure relative reproductive success between hatchery and naturally produced salmon, to genetically "map" growth and maturation, and to provide evidence against poachers.

Evolutionary tree of the transferrin gene, demonstrating high rates of adaptive evolution within salmonids. Evolutionary tree of the transferrin gene, demonstrating high rates of adaptive evolution within salmonids.
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