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Martha Reiskind

Research Assistant Professor

NC State University

Department of Applied Ecology

Area(s) of Expertise

She uses a variety of molecular methods to elucidate how random and selective processes contribute to population differentiation and speciation in open systems, such as most aquatic habitats. Most of the species that she works on have either a conservation concern or current management issues. Therefore, the results of the research have direct applications to conservation and management. An overarching theme for her research is to understand how future environmental change or perturbations will affect the evolutionary trajectory of species or communities. One on-going research projects on rockish, addresses local adaptation and conservation genetics of this commercially important group of fishes for which we have increasing concerns due to previous management issues and the effects of global climate change. She also has several other projects that utilize different genetic tools for addressing conservation questions or questions of how species are locally adapted to their environment.