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Scientific and Taxonomic Emphases

Scientific AreasTaxonomic Groups
Invasive Species Section
Molecular detection of invasive speciesEarly life stages of all aquatic invasive species of interest
Root causes of invasiveness in speciesInvasive species
Estuarine GAP AnalysisSalmonids and other species of interest
Information systems development to analyze the impact of nonnative speciesAquatic native and nonnative species in the West Coast region
Presence of nonnative species in Washington State waters
Impact of climate change on aquatic invasive speciesAquatic invasive species
Effectiveness of ballast water exchangeCoastal and oceanic species found in ballast tanks
Researching the effectiveness of ballast water treatment systemsAll species found in ballast tanks
Researching and developing improved methods for the early detection of zebra musselsZebra mussels
Fish Health Section
Technical assistanceAll finfish species
BacteriologyPacific salmon, steelhead, others
HistopathologyPacific salmon, steelhead, others
ImmunologyRainbow trout, zebrafish, Pacific herring
ParasitologyRainbow trout, Chinook salmon
Contamination and ecotoxicological threats to fishery resources from mercury, selenium, and other metals/metalloidsFish species of recreational importance, desert pupfish
Restoration of commercial salt ponds to tidally influenced wetlandsResident fishes of San Francisco Bay
Habitat requirements and limiting factors of native fishes and invertebratesDesert pupfish, Santa Ana sucker, tidewater goby, Lost River and shortnose suckers, California freshwater shrimp
VirologyPacific salmon, steelhead, others
Marine fish healthPacific herring, rockfish, American shad, others
Model systems for disease ecologyZebrafish, rainbow trout, Pacific herring
Ballast waterMicrobial pathogens of fish
Emerging Infectious DiseasesExotic and invasive aquatic animal pathogens
Fish Ecology Section
Molecular biology and geneticsAll salmonids
Hatchery-wild salmon interactionsSalmon and steelhead
HybridizationRainbow, cutthroat, brook trout
Acoustic telemetrySalmon and charr
Age and growth and habitat residencySalmon, steelhead others
Forage fish ecologyPacific herring, sandlance, surf smelt, others
Behavioral ecologyPacific salmon
Population dynamics and ecologyPacific salmon, others
Marine-derived nutrients/aquatic productivitySalmon, periphyton, macroinvertebrates, others
Predictive modeling INTASS applications

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