Principal Investigators

Jim-Seeb1-528x528Jim Seeb
Research Professor


Lisa-Seeb-528x528Lisa Seeb
Research Professor



Garrett McKinney
mckinneyI am broadly interested in the genetic basis of trait variation, and specifically how the interplay between selection and drift can influence divergence between populations. I have used a variety of techniques to examine differentiation between populations including comparisons of genetic and morphological variation (FST-QST analysis), and RNAseq to characterize transcriptome-wide patterns of differential gene expression. Recently, my research has focused on Chinook salmon in Bristol Bay, a region characterized by low genetic diversity over large spatial scales. I have been working on developing genomic resources for Chinook salmon, identifying markers for genetic stock identification, and searching for signatures of selection throughout the genome.

Research Staff

Carita Pascal
pascalMy main interest is discovery and validation of new single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers in non-model organisms.  I oversee the laboratory operations, including SNP genotyping, Sanger sequencing, library preparation for next-generation sequencing, and sample and data archiving.


Graduate Students

Tyler Dann
tylerI am a graduate student in the Seeb lab and also work in the Gene Conservation Laboratory at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I am broadly interested in learning how the evolutionary history of salmon and their environment shape the genomic signatures that we observe today, how population structure can be used to promote long-term sustainability of the resource and communities that depend upon it, and bridging the gap between academia and agencies. I am currently synthesizing a rich data set of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon genotypes to better understand how genetic diversity is distributed across multiple scales and better characterize migratory patterns important for conservation of biodiversity. I am also using genomic tools to generate resources for pink and Chinook salmon to investigate population structure and study the genetic basis of adaptation in these species.

Affiliated Faculty

Fred Utter
utterI am pleased to be included as an active participant in the Seeb Lab.  This represents another “failure” towards full retirement since leaving NOAA Fisheries employment early in 1988.  Maybe I’ll reconsider in another five years, but for the present things are fine.  I serve on committees and mentor population genetics and writing. There’s just too much potential for satisfying interactions with you good people, particularly in serving as a catalyst towards getting research published in peer-reviewed outlets.


Michael Ackerman

ackermanI received my I received my MS from UW SAFS in 2010. My research there was focused on genetic stock identification (GSI) and landscape genetics of sockeye salmon in Copper River, Alaska. I further examined how SNPs under selection can provide greater accuracy and precision in mixed-stock analyses (Ackerman et al. 2011). Following graduate school, I worked 6 years for the PSMFC stationed at Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game’s Eagle Fish Genetics Lab in Eagle, ID. There I primarily worked on GSI and parentage-based tagging (PBT) of wild steelhead and Chinook salmon at Lower Granite Dam. In fall 2016, I began my current position as Fisheries Scientist for Quantitative Consultants, Inc. in Boise, ID. My primary interests are in study design and development of tools to improve the management of conservation and management of salmon and steelhead fisheries.

Meredith Everett
everettMy research interests are in how organisms interact with and adapt to their environments on a genomic scale, and how knowledge of these interactions can be applied to conservation and management solutions. During my tenure in the Seeb Lab I worked on SNP discovery, developing novel genomic maps for Pacific salmonids, and using these maps to discover the genomic regions associated with ecological traits through QTL and association mapping. I was also involved in a project using SNPs to track sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I currently work at NOAA Northwest Center Conservation Biology Division on the phylogenetics of deep-water corals.

Lisa Creelman Fox
creelmanI was a Masters student in the Seeb lab and defended in 2010. My thesis investigated the population structure and outmigration timing of sockeye salmon in the Chignik River Drainage on the Alaska Peninsula (Creelman et al. 2011). I currently work as an assistant area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


Daniel Gomez-Uchida
Gomez-UchidaMy research goals revolve around the use of genetic and genomic data in ecology, evolution, and conservation of natural populations. During my tenure at the Seeb lab I gathered and analyzed SNP and transcriptome data in species of Pacific salmon to elucidate how populations diverge and adapt among many discrete environments (Gomez-Uchida et al. 2011, 2012). Currently I am an assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile.

Marissa Jones
jonesI received a MS in 2013 and am now working in the NOAA Department of Education. During my time in the Seeb lab, I studied the genetic and ecological interactions between hatchery and wild steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Washington State.


Wes Larson

Wes-LarsonI am broadly interested in the application of genomic data to the fields of conservation genetics and molecular ecology. My research interests range from applied questions focusing on the delineation of management and conservation units to more basic science topics including the genomic basis of adaptive divergence in phenotypically distinct populations. My PhD dissertation primarily focused on using genomic tools to improve conservation of Chinook salmon in western Alaska and understanding the genetic basis of adaptation in sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska. Please visit my website for more information on my research.

Morten Limborg

limborgMy research interests are within the fields of population genetics/genomics, evolution and processes of local adaptation in the wild. During my tenure in the Seeb lab I studied the genetic basis of local adaptation in steelhead trout, pink salmon, and sockeye salmon. Please visit my website for more information about my research.


Molly McGlauflin
mclaughlinI received a Master’s from the Seeb lab in 2010 and accepted a position as a Geneticist at the Conservation Genetics Lab, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Abernathy Fish Technology Center. I studied the influence of habitat and geography on the population structure and juvenile migration timing of sockeye salmon in Wood River Lakes in Alaska (McGlauflin et al. 2011). I also developed SNP markers for rainbow and cutthroat trout (McGlauflin et al. 2010).

Eleni Petrou
petrouI received a MS in 2012 studying the population structure of chum salmon in a contact zone on the Alaska Peninsula. I am currently working on my PhD with Dr. Lorenz Hauser using genomics to investigate historical and contemporary population structure in herring.


Matt Smith
smithI received an MS degree in 2010 working on a 45-year retrospective study of the sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay (Smith et al. 2010; Smith et al. 2011). I am currently a Geneticist in the Conservation Genetics Lab for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center.


Caroline Storer

storerI received an MS in 2012 working on the development of new high-throughput SNP assays for sockeye salmon and an evaluation of different ranking methods based on SNP performance. I am now a PhD student at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida. Please visit my website for more information about my research.


Carolyn Tarpey
carolynI enjoy working on projects that satisfy my curiosity for the natural world and whose results are applicable to the conservation of natural populations, with the ultimate goal of improving the care of our shared natural resources. My research interests include using molecular tools for genetic characterization of fish populations including temporal changes in genetic diversity and effective population size, population structure, hatchery contribution and movement. Recent research includes investigating signals of natural selection on wild populations with a focus on better understanding the genomic architecture of selection on the genome of pink salmon.

Ryan Waples

I am interested in the intersection of population genetics, evolution, and conservation, especially applying techniques developed in model species to wild populations.  While a Masters student in the Seeb lab, I developed bioinformatic methods to uncover how the ancient (~100 Mya) salmonid whole genome duplication contines to affect salmon today, in both genome structure and patterns of genetic variation.  I am currently a PhD student studying human population genetics at the University of Copenhagen with Ida Moltke.

Sewall Young
youngI am interested in the genomics of adaptation with an immediate focus on domestication in hatchery steelhead populations. We are using massively parallel sequencing and analytical methods that are scaled to the data flow to study genome structure and functional expression in wild populations and hatchery populations derived from them. We hope our results will help us to understand the dynamics of hatchery and wild components of integrated populations and develop informed strategies to improve management.