Housed within the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Kathleen O'Malley's work as the State Fisheries Geneticist is a jointly-funded position between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University. Kathleen's lab focuses on research that will be of use both to the scientific and management communities, and concentrates on species of ecological, evolutionary, and economic importance.
Research areas include reintroduction of threatened spring Chinook salmon, population connectivity in the marine environment, genetic basis of migration timing, fitness differences between hatchery and wild salmon, adaptation to changing climate, and species or sex identification.
More information can be found on Kathleen's website.
Associate Professor and State Fisheries Geneticist - Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife - Molecular Genetics Lab
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission - Hagerman Genetics Lab
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center - Molecular Ecology and Genetic Analysis (MEGA) Team
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center - Genetics and Evolution Program
In the News
Implications of Large-Effect Loci for Conservation: A Review and Case Study with Pacific Salmon - Journal of Heredity (2022)
12-Month Findings on Petitions to List Spring-run Oregon Coast Chinook Salmon and Spring-run Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal Chinook Salmon as Threatened or Endangered - NOAA Fisheries (2021)
Genetic markers show Pacific albacore intermingle across equator but remain separate stocks - OSU Newsroom (2021)
Little genetic difference among Dungeness crab from California to Washington - Phys.org (2018)
Connecting the Dots - Oregon's Agricultural Progress (2011)