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