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John Carlos Garza  Leader
Research Geneticist, Molecular Ecology Team Leader
Phone: (831) 420-3903
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: carlos.garza@noaa.gov

I use population and molecular genetic methods to provide biological inference regarding a broad range of questions in ecology, evolution, conservation and management of marine and aquatic species. Much of this work is with salmonid fishes in the genus Oncorhynchus and rockfishes in the genus Sebastes, but we also have collaborative projects on other fishes, pinnipeds, otters and cephalopods.

I am involved in a large number of research projects that span topics as diverse as 1) the eludication of patterns of distribution and abundance of Chinook salmon in the coastal ocean of North America, 2) the evaluation of patterns of population structure and multiple paternity in the rockfishes, 3) the estimation of genomic parameters from DNA sequences and sequence polymorphism in salmon and trout, 4) the evaluation of novel release strategies for reintroduction of endangered salmon, 5) development of genetic markers in salmon and trout and their application to map genes involved in life history variation, and 6) development and implementation of intergenerational genetic tagging methods in salmonids and rockfishes with applications to harvest management, evaluation of hatcheries and estimation of dispersal rates.

I supervise the Molecular Ecology and Genetic Analysis Team, a joint federal/state research group, and have appointments as both a Supervisory Research Geneticist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and as adjunct faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Department of Ocean Sciences. My group plays a significant role in advising federal and state management of both protected and exploited species. We also provide training to the next generation of population biologists, through graduate and advanced undergraduate education, both at the University of California and through internships and committee work with students from both US and international universities.

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Alicia Abadía-Cardoso
Phone: (831) 420-3965
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E-mail: alicia.abadia@noaa.gov

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Anthony Clemento
Phone: (831) 420-3965
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: anthony.clemento@noaa.gov

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Cassie Columbus
Phone: (831) 420-3925
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Devon Pearse
Phone: (831) 420-3906
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: devon.pearse@noaa.gov

I am interested in understanding the conceptual aspects of population genetics as well as the application of genetic data to conservation and fisheries management. My recent work has focused on gene flow and evolutionary relationships of Pacific salmonids, Oncorhynchus, and rockfish of the genus Sebastes. For example, we have examined the population structure of O. mykiss in a variety of systems, ranging from large scale studies in the Klamath-Trinity River steelhead and Upper Klamath basin redband trout, to a fine scale dissection of the genetic relationships among resident and anadromous O. mykiss in Scott Creek. This small stream is the focus of a multi-disciplinary research project, and the genetic components have included comparisons of fish above and below waterfall barriers, large-scale parentage analysis, a genome scan for chromosomal regions under differential selection, and the development of targeted genetic markers for population assignment.

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Diana Baetscher
Phone: (831) 420-3925
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E-mail: diana.baetscher@noaa.gov

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Elena Correa
Laboratory Assistant
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Ellen Campbell
Junior Specialist
Phone: (831) 420-3925
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E-mail: ellen.campbell@noaa.gov

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Eric C. Anderson
Research Molecular Geneticist
Phone: (831) 420-3983
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: eric.anderson@noaa.gov

I am interested in statistical and computational methods for inference from genetic data. Most of the methods I work on are directly relevant to management and conservation of fish species, however, since the methods I develop involve genetic principles shared across many taxa, they are also applicable to many other species. At present, much of my work is directed toward the use of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for fisheries management. We are particularly interested in the use of SNPs for large-scale parentage inference and for genetic stock identification in mixed-stock fisheries.

More about my research: http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~eriq/eric_ams/Home.htmlThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer

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Libby Gilbert-Horvath
Phone: (831) 420-3904
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: libby.gilbert@noaa.gov

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Martha Arciniega
Phone: (831) 420-3965
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Quinn Edmondson
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Simone Vincenzi
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Thomas Ng
Graduate Student Researcher
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