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Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
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Mailing Address
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phil Anderson




K. Warheit

Kenneth I. Warheit, Ph.D.

600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360.902.2595
FAX: 360.902.2943


Kenneth I. Warheit (Ph.D. Integrative Bio/Paleontology, UC Berkeley, 1990) has worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) since 1992, originally directing statewide resource damage assessment for the agency’s Oil Spill Team. In 1996, Ken designed, initiated, and became the director of WDFW’s Wildlife Conservation Genetics program and continued in this capacity until November 2005. During this same period, Ken also supervised all WDFW wildlife-related research in Western Washington. In November 2005 WDFW created a single lead position for both the fish and wildlife genetics program and appointed Ken as the Director of the WDFW Molecular Genetics Laboratory. MGL work consists primarily of fish stock identification, and mixed stock-fishery and parentage analyses using a variety of molecular tools. In addition, the lab works on conservation genetics research for WDFW’s Wildlife Program and DNA-based forensics work for the agency’s Enforcement Program.