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. We are a leader in the development and application of environmental DNA detection methods to inform conservation of amphibians and other aquatic species throughout the western US and beyond. We also work on developing models of functional connectivity at landscape scale using landscape genomic methods, investigate hybridization threats to endangered amphibians, and use genetic and genomic tools to inform translocation strategies. Finally, we are working at the cutting edge of developing methods for improving inference from environmental genomics through analysis of eRNA and other new tools.
We are working with the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program in southern Arizona and New Mexico:
We are helping Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge detect invasive species:
We are using eDNA to detect endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders as part of a regional conservation program:
We’re doing cool eDNA and eRNA work:
Check out the WDFW project we’re working on to create additional populations of northern leopard frogs in Washington State:
We welcome students from a diversity of backgrounds and with a wide variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We believe success in graduate school is about dedication and hard work and welcome first-generation students (where you are the first in your family to go to college) and those with minimal or no experience in a research lab. We strive to provide a safe and open environment for researchers of all levels to conduct science and value a lab culture of collaboration, support, and inclusion. In our work, we are dedicated to serving our communities and native species through developing low-cost methods for environmental DNA sampling and analysis and providing accessible training and resources.