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    Cook Molecular Genetics Lab Projects


    Funded Projects
    Babesia Screening Sam R. Telford
    Joseph Cook
    Ellen W. Lance
    1997-
      Biogeography of Alaska's Alexander Archipelago. Joseph Cook et al. 1991-
    Beringian Coevolution Project Joseph Cook
    Eric P. Hoberg
    Sam R. Telford
    1999-
    The Alaska Frozen Tissue Collection: A resource for investigations of mammals Joseph A. Cook
    Gordon H. Jarrell
    1999-2001

    Postdoctoral Projects

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      Phylogeography of northwestern populations of mink and ermine: a foundation for interpreting reproductive behavior Melissa Fleming 1997-1999
      Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence variation in tegu lizards (genus Tupinambis) Lee Fitzgerald 1994-1995 
      Host-parasite Coevolution, NSF Arctic Archival Observatory Sue Kutz, Ph.D. 2000-2002
      Lemming Phylogeography, NSF Beringian Coevolution Project Vadim Fedorov, Ph.D. 2001-2002
      Mutation rates in Peromyscus of the INEEL Angela Garcia, Ph.D. 2001-2002
      Conservation genetics of ground squirrels (USFWS) Janet Loxterman, Ph.D. 2001-2002

    Graduate Student Projects

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      "Aleutian ground squirrels: Endemics or introduction?" Aren Eddingsaas M.S. in progress
      "Genetic consequences of Pleistocene glaciations for the tundra vole (Microtus oeconomus) in Beringia".
    Kurt Galbreath
    M.S. 2002
      "Phylogeography of Peromyscus along the North Pacific Coast". Michael Lucid M.S. in progress
      "Genetic Variation in Wolverine". Eric Tomasik M.S. in progress
      "Beringian coevolution of parasites of soricids and leporids". Eric Waltari Ph.D. in progress
      "Genetic differentiation of coastal wolves".
    Byron Weckworth
    M.S. in progress
      "Phylogenetic analysis of northern hair seals based on nucleotide sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene". 

    Suzette finished her Ph.D. at the University of Lund, Sweden.

    Suzette Durall-Mouchaty
    M.S. 1993
      "Phylogeography and the island syndrome in the Tundra Vole (Microtus oeconomus)". 

    Ellen is now employed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Ellen Weintraub 
    M.S. 1995
      "Distribution and forest ecology of bats in Alaska". 

    Doreen is now employed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fairbanks.

    Doreen Parker
    M.S. 1996
    Nuclear and mitochondrial perspectives on a contact zone of marten (Martes americana) THESIS  Karen Stone, Ph.D. 1997-2000
    Phylogeography of black bears (Ursus americanus) of the Pacific Northwest Karen Stone, Ph.D. 2000
      Phylogeographic variation in the Rio de La Plata river dolphin, Pontoporia blainvillei THESIS (Student of Dr. Enrique Lessa) Marila Lazaro, M.S. 2000
    Molecular and Morphological Perspectives on Post Glacial Colonization of Clethrionomys rutilus and C. gapperi in Southeast Alaska THESIS Amy Runck, M.S. M.S. 2001
    Ph.D. in Progress
      Molecular genetics of fragmented populations of northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). THESIS Allison Bidlack, M.S. 2000
      Stickle-back differentiation in Bristol Bay. THESIS John Levino-Chythlook, M.S. 2000
    Molecular systematics and biogeography of long-tailed shrews (Insectivora: Sorex) and northern flying squirrels (Rodentia: Glaucomys). THESIS John Demboski, Ph.D. 1999
    Molecular systematics of Microtus longicaudus in southeast Alaska. THESIS Chris Conroy, Ph.D. 1998

    Undergraduate Research Projects

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    Spermophilus parryii systematics and phylogeography

    Brandy is a Collection Manager at University of Alaska Museum.

    Brandy Jacobsen
    2000
      "Use of genetic markers for ecological risk assessment"
    Matt Duersch
    2001
      "Molecular genetics of northern mammals"
    Aaron Orme
    2001
      "Molecular genetics of a contact zone in red-backed voles"
    Kaycee Bell
    2001
      "Variation in control region gene of marten"
    Kebai Gamblin
    2002
    Age determination of Ursus arctos middendorffi using cranial characteristics Kalin A. Kellie, B.S. Biology 1999
      Cytochrome-b sequence variation in northwestern ermine populations Eric Suring, B.S. 1999
      Phylogeography of distinctive marten lineages of the northwestern North American coast Jason Schneider, B.S. Biology 1997
      Field Bat Ecology Joshua Fisher 1997
      Molecular systematics of the red-backed voles (Clethrionomys rutilus and C. gapperi) Beverly Johnson, B.S. 1996
      The Small Mammal Fauna of Six Habitats on the Alaska Peninsula Randy Brown 1996
      Molecular systematics of Zapus Richard Brenner, B.S. 1996
      Chromosomal Evolution in the Bolivian Spiny Rats James Wood 1994
      Soricid Biogeography Michael MacDonald 1993
      Chromosome Evolution Melanie Wike 1993
      Sea Otter Morphometrics Kirsten Bagne 1993
      Carnivore Karyology Tom Seaton 1992
      Phocid Systematics Suzette Durall 1991

    Projects with Management Agencies

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      Conservation Genetics of Island Endemics (U. S. Fish and Wildife Service) Joseph Cook 1999-2001
    Harbor seal biological sampling: expanding the scope of the Subsistence Archival Project (Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission) Monica Reidel
    Joseph Cook
    Gordon Jarrell
    1998-2001
    Recovery of vertebrate specimens from Yukon icefields (Yukon Department of Renewable Resources) Joseph Cook
    Gordon Jarrell
    1999-2001
    Biological Inventories of BLM Lands (U. S. Bureau of Land Management) Joseph Cook 1999 to present