Our laboratory's continuing strong role in outreach and engagement originates from efforts to unite activities of diverse North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission laboratories around common and open access data bases (reviewed in Seeb et al. 2007; Seeb et al. 2011). Our role to expand research and applications for salmonid conservation genomics includes coordinating annual workshops, training agency and university scientists from other laboratories, and promoting larger international workshops to communicate research results to larger audiences. Genotyping assays developed by students and scientists from our laboratory are openly provided to laboratories around the Pacific Rim including Japanese, Russian, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, state, and tribal laboratories working on genetics of Pacific salmon.
SNPs are rapidly becoming the genetic marker of choice in many studies of ecology, population structure, and especially fisheries conservation and management. Researchers involved in genome mapping and QTL detection, population genomics, and whole genome association analyses are utilizing SNPs to obtain markers with sufficient coverage of the genome. We have held a series of SNP workshops since 2005. The first (2005) and second (2006) SNP Workshops were held in Alaska to explore the potential of SNPs to provide commonly shared data sets for high-seas studies.
The SNP Workshop III, in Blaine, Washington, in 2010, was an outreach initiative funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and industry donors. The program included guest speakers and participants from laboratories from around the world, and the results were published in twenty-three papers in a supplemental issue of Molecular Ecology Resources and summarized in (Seeb et al. 2011a).
Watch this site for information on SNP IV, tentatively scheduled for March, 2013.
GEM Workshop in honor of Fred Utter's 80th birthday. Many of Fred's former students and colleagues returned to the UW to celebrate and discuss the latest approaches to genetic monitoring.
Longtime SAFS Affiliate Professor, Fred Utter, turned 80 in November, 2011. To mark this historic event and his 40 year association with the University of Washington, SAFS and the Conservation Biology Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center sponsored a workshop presented by the Genetic Monitoring Working Group (GEM).
Genetic markers have been extremely valuable in the study of the distribution and migration routes of salmon in the ocean. Of the available genetic markers, SNPs are particularly appropriate for international collaborations because they are based on the actual DNA sequence and require little inter-laboratory standardization. Planning and implementation meetings occurred in 2008 in Sapporo, Japan, and in 2012 in Juneau, Alaska.
PacSNP, Sapporo, Japan, 2008. Participants developed the framework for the chum salmon database.
Back Row L-R: Syuiti Abe (Japan), Yuchiro Kogura (Japan), Bill Templin (USA), Jim Seeb (USA), Shunpei Sato (Japan), Shigehiko Urawa (Japan)
Front Row L-R: Ken Warheit (USA), M. Yu (Korea), Junko Stevens (USA), Noriko Azuma (Japan)
PacSNP, Juneau, Alaska, 2012. Discussions centered on developing SNP markers for pink salmon.
L-R: Lisa Seeb, Shunpei Sato (Japan), Bill Templin (ADFG) , Jim Seeb (UW), Megan McPhee (UAF), Andrew Gray (NOAA), Jeff Guyon (NOAA), Chris Habicht (ADFG), Jeff Hard (NOAA).
Graduate students and Post-docs from Russia, Japan, and Korea visit Seattle share SNP discovery and genotyping techniques.
Front: Yuichiro Kogura (Hokkaido University), Min Ho Kang (Pukyong University), Molly McLaughlin (UW).
Back: Shunpei Sato (Japan Fisheries Research Agency), Mike Ackerman (UW), Marina Shitova and Pavel Afanasev (Vavilov Institute of General Genetics), Anastasia Khrusteleva (Russian Federal Research Institute).
Training for Visiting Post-Docs and Students
Post-Docs and students from Asian countries (Japan, Russia, and Korea) have visited our laboratory to learn the techniques of SNP discovery and genotyping as part of our PacSNP collaboration (Seeb et al. 2011d).
Mette Hansen, from Aarhus University in Denmark, visited the labortory in 2010 and assembled an extensive panel of SNPs for O. mykiss for use both in population and quantitative genetics (Hansen et al. 2011). Morten Limborg, a graduate student from the Technical University of Denmark, also visited from Denmark in 2010. He investigated O. mykiss populations in the Pacific Northwest looking for signals of adaptation in a panel of 276 SNPs (Limborg et al. 2012).