Our work at the Genomic Variation Laboratory (GVL) addresses important questions about the population genetics of threatened and endangered species. We use molecular tools such as microsatellites, single nucleotide polymorphisms, and high throughput sequencing to evaluate the processes that create and maintain biodiversity.
Examples of current research projects include: using molecular techniques to evaluate predation rates on Delta smelt, determining the genetic basis of disease resistance in rainbow trout, and investigating the ecology and evolution of various salmonid and sturgeon species. To address these pressing issues, we collaborate with numerous state and federal agencies, non-profits, and tribal organizations.
The GVL is also an active training ground for a large number of young scientists at various stages in their careers, from high school students to graduate students to project scientists.