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Dr. Dan Hasselman
University of WashingtonSchool of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
I joined the Bentzen Lab in 2003 as a technician, but became a PhD student and subsequently completed my PhD degree on the population genetics of American shad across its native range in 2010.
Following my doctoral research at the Marine Gene Probe Laboratory on American shad in their native range, I pursued a post-doctoral position in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington examining this species in its introduced range. The primary goals of this research include i) resolving the distribution of self-sustaining shad populations among Pacific coastal rivers and identifying the source population(s) of migrants for the colonization of additional drainages, ii) exploring the potential for range expansion under climate change scenarios, identifying habitats susceptible to future shad colonization, and predicting timelines for invasion of certain rivers, and iii) characterizing the life history variation exhibited by shad since their introduction to the Pacific northwest. An overview of my broad research objectives can be found at my web page.