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My interests are in the fundamental regulatory mechanisms driving reproduction, developmental processes such as the salmonid parr-smolt transformation and eel metamorphosis, and the stress response. A major focus of my current research is on reproduction of teleost fishes, largely targeting the role of hormones in male and female germ cell development, and the regulation of expression of reproduction-related genes. We have begun several lines of research into the effects of endocrine-disrupting contaminants on salmonid fishes. We are also undertaking studies that may ultimately result in the ability to measure physiological variables in migrating fish through data gathering via PIT tags.
My lab also conducts work related to aquaculture. We have worked with industry on accelerating and synchronizing maturation in salmonids, investigated induced maturation/spawning protocols for eels and assessed growth and reproduction in the several fish candidate fish species for aquaculture. In addition to my SAFS faculty position, I am also Executive Director of the Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC), which is hosted by SAFS. WRAC is funded by the USDA and supports multi-state research into sustainable aquaculture in the 12 states of the western region.