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Conservation Genetics of Freshwater Mussels

Freshwater mussels are recognized as one of the most endangered group of organisms in the world. Scaleshell musselI am currently working on improving our understanding of phylogeography, population structure and genetic variation in freshwater mussels using a variety of molecular tools. I am also interested in understanding the role of processes such as gene flow and natural selection in maintaining genetic variation. 

Ongoing projects in my lab include questions related to species delineation in the genus Cyprogenia; understanding the impacts of gender mediated gene flow; comparing the genetic diversity and population structure of closely related common and endangered species.

Jer Pin Chong

picture of me holding an endangered pink mucket
Post-doc
Ph.D.
Area of Expertise: 
Population Genetics, Conservation Biology, Freshwater mussels

Dr. Kyung Seok Kim

Post-doc
Assistant Scientist III
Area of Expertise: 
Population Genetics, Population Genomics, Conservation Genetics

Sara Schwarz

Graduate Student
M.S. student
Area of Expertise: 
Conservation Genetics

Toni Sleugh

Undergraduate Student
Undergraduate Researcher
Area of Expertise: 
PCR, microsatellites