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The focus of the research in our laboratory is conserving genetic diversity in wild and captive populations of fish and wildlife. We view genetics as an important tool in the conservation biology toolbox, providing managers and biologists with answers that help guide management decisions. In order to make our research directly applicable to on-the-ground conservation, we are working closely with agencies to identify critical research needs for native species and to translate our results into management actions. As new technologies become available to conservation geneticists, we are beginning to apply genomic approaches to better understand biodiversity.

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It’s field season!

Field season continues to be wildly successful for members of the Wild Genomics lab! Christi spent the second week of July sampling lake sturgeon near the mouth of the Ontonagon River on Lake Superior in cooperation with a crew from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. During the course of the week, 22 lake sturgeon juveniles were sampled and tagged. All of the lake sturgeon were safely returned to the water. After a great field experience, Christi is back in the lab at WVU.

Christi Field Work


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