The general focus of our lab is to improve the theory and practice of animal conservation through the use of genetics, with an emphasis on marine mammals. This work often involves one or more of the following approaches:
Using genetic data to better understand population history and develop appropriate baselines for the interpretation of current status and recovery potential;
Using genetics to obtain information about aspects of animals that are not available through other means (e.g., population structure, relatedness, and reproductive success); and
Determining how and why genetic characteristics themselves influence different aspects of individual fitness, and how these individual effects combine to impact population recovery.