Dallia pectoralis (Bethel, Alaska)
Welcome to the website by and about my laboratory of ichthyological research at the University of Alaska Museum. On this site you will find information on the classes that I teach as a member of the Fisheries faculty at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, the research of the lab and other information on fish studies and web resources of general interest to researchers, teachers and students.
Research in my lab aims to increase knowledge of the diversity of fishes and the evolutionary processes that have and continue to shape that diversity. More specifically, we are interested in fish taxonomy and classification (or systematics); the geographic distribution of species diversity and of within-species genetic variation (or biogeography) and the mechanisms that generate genetic variability (or molecular evolution).
Students in my lab primarily use evidence from genetics to assess species boundaries and develop species diagnosis tools; to test hypothesis of evolutionary relationships between fish lineages; and to characterize patterns of spatial distribution of genetic variability among populations and among species.