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Genetics and Genomics Capabilities

Facilities with Genetics and Genomics Expertise

Listed below are USGS facilities with genetics and genomics expertise and their areas of emphasis.

Areas of Emphasis

Alaska Science Center


Anchorage, Alaska
  • Phylogeography and population genetics structure of vertebrates and plants
  • Genetic status of threatened and endangered species
  • Delineation of management units
  • Genomics of wildlife disease
  • Adaptability to climate change

Arizona Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit

Tucson, Arizona


Columbia Environmental Research Center

Columbia, Missouri

Florida Science Centers: Southeast Ecological Science Center and St. Petersburg Science Center


Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Corvallis, Oregon

Fort Collins Science Center: FORT Molecular Ecology Lab

Fort Collins, Colorado

Great Lakes Science Center


Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Population genetics and systematics: particularly with native Great Lakes fish
  • Genetic stock identification: hatchery vs. wild fish, forensic analysis
  • Evaluation of population structure of managed fish for use in pedigree analyses
  • Genetics and Fishery Research (PDF, 97 KB)Acrobat

Leetown Science Center


Kearneysville, West Virginia
  • Population genetics, molecular systematics, definition of conservation units for at-risk fish and wildlife
  • Gene marking to assess stocking programs and mark and recapture studies
  • Study of pathogens and pathogenicity
  • Ecology of bacterial assemblages

National Wetlands Research Center


Lafayette, Louisiana

National Wildlife Health Center


Madison, Wisconsin
  • Wildlife disease pathogen detection, identification, and characterization
  • Detection, identification, and quantification of microbial pathogens in environmental samples
  • Molecular epizootiology to understand ecology and distribution of wildlife diseases
  • Endocrine growth factor patterns in amphibians

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Jamestown, North Dakota

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Bozeman, Montana
  • Non-invasive genetic sampling and microsatellite genotyping to estimate forest carnivore population density via mark-recapture techniques
  • Use of sign surveys to monitor forest carnivore population trends from barbed wire hair traps, surveys for feces, and hair on rub trees
  • Genetics/Genomics Research in the Central Region (PDF, 523 KB)Acrobat
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit Corvallis, Oregon  

Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center


Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Avian major histocompatibility complex
  • Diversity of pathogens
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Avian population genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Laurel, Maryland

Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Lubbock, Texas  

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center


La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Flow cytometry as an indicator of genetic damage in wildlife

Western Ecological Research Center


Sacramento, California

Western Fisheries Research Center

Seattle, Washington
  • Diagnosis, epidemiology, pathogenesis and evolution of fish pathogens
  • Control strategies including DNA vaccines for salmon pathogens
  • Genetic markers for determination of sex, stock, and hybridization in salmon
  • Biocontrol agents for reducing agrichemical use
Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Madison, Wisconsin  
Voytek Microbiology Reston, Virginia  

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