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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.

Latest News

Welcome to our newest Ph.D. student!

Tom Rounsville is joining Wild Genomics this semester. He received his M.S. degree from East Stroudsburg University doing coyote landscape genetics. At WVU, he’ll be using DNA from hair samples to estimate the population size of bobcats in West Virginia and identify their movement patterns.

WVU coyote picture cropped

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