Our work focuses on developing increased capacity and ecological knowledge to address critical issues for the management of species in the context of unprecedented ecosystem change. Specifically, we use cutting-edge genomic and genetic tools to investigate drivers of the distribution and connectivity of wildlife populations. Our current work has two main components. The first is developing models of functional connectivity at landscape scale using landscape genomic methods. The second consists of developing and applying methods for creating robust multi-species occurrence datasets using the new technique of identifying aquatic species presence using environmental DNA (eDNA). We mainly work on amphibians throughout the western U.S. and we also contribute to eDNA projects across aquatic taxa and around the world.
Check out the WDFW project we’re working on to create additional populations of northern leopard frogs in Washington State: