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Genetic Inventory of Marine Organisms in the Salish Sea


National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.39.B0527 Seattle, WA 98115


Name E-mail Phone
Winans, Gary A. 206.860.3265


To monitor and manage for the health of marine ecosystems, we need to include information on the stock structure for a diverse array of marine organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate, commercially, and non-commercially important species. Data for stock structure, (i.e., the amount and pattern of genetic differentiation) provide a framework to evaluate the evolutionary potential of species, the spatial scale of local adaptation, and the potential for broad or narrow geographic response of species and communities to environmental change or disasters. The efficacy of NOAA’s management efforts, such as marine reserves, genetic stock identification of harvested species, and response to environmental change, requires knowledge of how stock structures of organisms across taxa and habitats coincide or are distinguished in the present day marine ecosystem. Knowledge of stock structure of an array of species throughout the Salish Sea (northern Georgia Straits to the southern Puget Sound) ecosystem, across taxa and habitats, is necessary yet currently lacking. Our research focuses on developing and using microsatellite genetic characters to estimate stock structure, levels of genetic richness, and effective population size Ne throughout and over the Salish Sea ecosystem, evaluating both spatial and temporal variability in these estimates in an array of marine life. Secondarily, we will establish a parallel photographic archive of morphological variability. Associates will develop molecular genetic techniques for novel marine organisms and describe genetic and phenetic variability using population genetic and image analyses.


Marine organisms; Population genetics; Morphological variability; Adaptation; Conservation;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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