S. Blankenship

Scott M. Blankenship, Ph.D.

600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360.902.2783
FAX: 360.902.2943

My research interests focus on combining the tools of molecular biology with population genetics theory and ecological information to investigate population differentiation and identify the genetic mechanisms of adaptation. By characterizing genetic differentiation, basic biological parameters critical for scientific inquiry and accurate inference about complex biological and evolutionary phenomenon can be documented.

Although my primary research interests are concerned with how biological and evolutionary forces shape genetic diversity, utilizing genetic information to support conservation efforts is an important aspect of my work. Applying the insights obtained from genetic research to the enhancement of imperiled species is an effective way to provide science relevant to society and to communicate the importance of supporting scientific inquiry.

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Scott received his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis. He studied the relationship between genetic diversity and population boundaries with Dennis Hedgecock at the Bodega Marine Lab. He then went on to a postdoc at UC Santa Cruz / NOAA, then his current position in the Molecular Genetics Lab at Washington Department of Fish and Game.


Geneticist, Washington Department Fish and Wildlife, 2006 - present

Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz / NOAA-SWFSC, 2003 – 2005

Dissertation Research, UC Davis, 1995-2001
Conceived of an approach to assess the appropriateness of DNA tandem arrays (microsatellites) as diagnostic population genetic markers, by combining repeat array information with associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for individual alleles. Observed variation was compared to theoretical expectations derived from stepwise molecular models and the coalescent approach to modeling variation in populations.

Advisor: Dr. Dennis Hedgecock.