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.
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.
Check out the WDFW project we’re working on to create additional populations of northern leopard frogs in Washington State:
More information can be found here.