Alaska Science Center

Developing and Applying Molecular Tools to Natural Resource Problems in Alaska

Molecular genetic tools comprise one facet of a diverse research program capable of addressing emerging as well as long-term issues involving the understanding, restoration, conservation, and monitoring of biological resources.


The Developing and Applying Molecular Tools project is conducted by five staff members of the Alaska Science Center and includes a variety of research directions and methods that inform our partners. Recent research objectives include: (1) genetic characterization of wolf, bears, invasive species and migratory birds for the National Park Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (2) research on modeling future distributions of high-arctic vertebrates in the tundra ecosystem, (3) population genetics on high latitude bird species such as the three loon species, Pacific black brant, Steller’s eiders, and raptors, (4) genomic assessment of Artic cod in the Southern Beaufort Sea, (5), use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to survey terrestrial and marine ecosystems for native and invasive species, and (6) development of genetic markers for conducting research on species of management agency interest.
Title Type
Genetic Microsatellite Data from Sorex, Based on Holarctic SamplingData
Genetic Data from Wolverine (Gulo gulo) of North AmericaData
Sequence Information from the Mitogenome and Four Nuclear Genes from Holarctic Ermine (Mustela spp.)Data
Extrinsically reinforced hybrid speciation within Holarctic ermine (Mustela spp.) produces an insular endemicPublication
Genetic Data from Cooper's Hawks, North America, 2009-2019Data
Genetic Data for Merlin (Falco columbarius) and Cross-Species Microsatellite Amplification in Select Falco Species, North AmericaData
Genetic Data from Three Accipiter Species, North America, 1996-2014Data
Shrew (Sorex sp.) Gut Contents Identified by DNA Metabarcoding, North America, 1968-2016Data
Scoter (Melanitta sp.) ddRAD SNP and Microsatellite Genetic Data, North America and Europe, 1977-2012Data
Genetic Data From Nesting Stellers Eiders (Polysticta stelleri), Near Utqiaġvik, Alaska, 1995-2016Data
Detection of Seagrass Pathogens Using Environmental DNA (eDNA), North Pacific, 2016-presentData
DNA Microsatellite Markers for Northern Fulmar (Fulmaris glacialis) and Cross-species Amplification in Select Seabird SpeciesData
Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) Microsatellite and Mitochondrial DNA Data, 2014-2018, Alaska and RussiaData
Sequence Information from the Mitogenome and Ten Nuclear Genes from Martes Species (Martes americana, M. caurina) of North America, 1972-2010Data
Development of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Greater-White Fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) for Genetic Stock Identification on Wintering Grounds, 2019Data
Python scripts for Bioinformatics, 2017Data
Frullania nisquallensis Species Confirmation, Attu Island, Alaska, 2018Data
Microsatellite Genetic Data for Sea Sandwort (Honckenya peploides) and Merckia (Wilhelmsia physodes, GETDATE()), Alaska, 2009-2016Data
Genetic Data from Arctic, Polar, and Saffron Cod and Walleye Pollock, Alaska and Canada, 2011-2017Data
Enteroctopus Sampling Effects on Genetic Data, Prince William Sound, Alaska, 2012-2015Data
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) mtDNA and Microsatellite Genetic Data, Alaska, Canada and Russia, 1880-2012Data
DNA Microsatellite and Sex Identification Markers for Emperor Goose (Chen canagica) and Cross-Species Amplification of Microsatellites in Select Goose Species, Alaska 2016Data
Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Genetic Data, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (1994-1999)Data
Greater White-Fronted Goose Genetic Data, Circumpolar, 1988-2009Data
Specimen and Genetic Information for Phylogeny of Blue-winged Ducks (Anas spp.), 2001-2011Data
Larus Gull Microsatellite DNA Data, 2006-2009Data
Molecular Ecology LaboratoryProject Website


Gravley, Megan C., 907-786-7016
Menning, Damian M., 907-786-7466
Sage, George , 907-786-7189
Sonsthagen, Sarah A., 907-786-7054
Talbot, Sandra L., 907-786-7188
Wilson, Robert E., 907-786-7066

Status: onGoing
Start Year: 2000
End Year: 2022

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
FWS - Alaska Region
NPS - Alaska Area Region

USGS Mission Area and Program
EcosystemsWildlife Program

Major Initiatives
FWS - Migratory Bird Management Program
FWS - Science Support Program
USGS - Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative

Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Mollusks > Cephalopods
Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Birds
Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Fish
Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Mammals
Biological Classification > Plants