The O'Lab @ St. Anselm College

Molecular Ecology & Conservation Genomics, Department of Biology · solea-remove-ry[at]anselm.edu

Our RESEARCH focuses on the molecular ecology and conservation genomics of primarily marine fishes. We achieve this using genomic data sets to identify patterns of connectivity and population structure, explore the interaction with and adaptation to the environment on a genetic level, and determine how this applies to conservation and management.

Teaching

Current Courses:

  • Conservation Biology (BI328)

We learn and do science together following three principles:

1. Learn to ask the right questions, not just to have all the right answers.

2. The best way to learn to do something new is to ‘watch one, do one, teach one’.

3. Nobody is expected to not make any mistakes, everybody is expected to learn from them.

(also, nobody has time to make all the mistakes themselves, so learn from other people’s mistakes)

Research

Research projects fall into two major categories:

Using molecular markers to understand microevolutionary processes & ecological patterns

  • Connectivity & local adaptation in marine fishes
  • Population-level effects of an oil spil on the genetic diversity of demersal fishes
  • Genetic diversity of small populations

Using molecular markers to characterize & identify individuals, populations, and species

  • DNA Fingerprinting to identify individuals and their relationships to each other with a variety of applications, including aquaculture.
  • Mixed stock analysis to determine the contribution of individual rivers and estuaries that form the natal habitat and/or nurseries of juveniles recruiting to populations offshore.
  • Genetic barcoding for species identification - even when the whole specimen is not available for morphological assessment.

Sound interesting? Contact me to talk about research projects!

    1. Connectivity and local adaptation in marine fishes across their ranges

    Current study species include southern flounder, golden tilefish and gafftopsail fish.

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      2. Genetic diversity of small populations

      Conservation Genetics focuses on small populations, past study species include white sharks, silversides, sturgeon, and winter flounder, ongoing research includes salmon and bullsharks.

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        3. Population level effects of a large-scale oil spill on the genetic diversity of demersal fishes

        How did the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oilspill affect golden tilefish, and other demersal species?

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          4. DNA Fingerprinting

          DNA fingerprinting can be used to identify individuals and their relationships to each other with a variety of applciations, including aquaculture.

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            5. Mixed stock analysis

            Mixed stock analysis can be used to determine the contribution of individual rivers and estuaries that form the natal habitat and/or nurseries of juveniles recruiting to populations offshore.

            Read more..

              6. Genetic Barcoding

              Genetic barcoding for species identification ... gut content analaysis, wildlife forensics and other applications.

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                Publications

                For an up to date list of peer-reviewed papers see GoogleScholar Profile.

                - Natural tags identify nursery origin of a coastal elasmobranch Carcharhinus leucas

                TinHan TC, O'Leary SJ, Portnoy DS, Rooker JR, Gelpi CG, Wells RJD (2019) Journal of Applied Ecology

                April 2020

                - Population genetics and geometric morphometrics of the key silverside, Menidia conchorum, a marine fish in a highly-fragmented, inland habitat

                O'Leary SO, Martinez, CM, Baumann H, Abercrombie DL, Conover DO, Poulakis GR, Murray CH, Feldheim KA, Chapman DD (2015) Bulletin of Marine Science

                January 2016

                - Genetic Diversity of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Northwest Atlantic and Southern Africa

                O'Leary SO, Feldheim KA, Fields AT, Natanson LJ, Wintner S, Hussey N, Shivji MS, Chapman DD (2015) Journal of Heredity

                May 2015

                - Severe inbreeding and small effective number of breeders in a formerly abundant marine fish

                O'Leary SO, Hice, LA, Feldheim KA, Frisk MG, McElrour AE, Fast MD, Chapman DD (2013) PLoS One

                June 2013

                Wait! There's more..

                See all Publications for more examples!

                Experience

                Postdoctoral Research Associate

                Meek Lab

                Check out ongoing research at the Meek Lab

                January 2015 - October 2019

                Postdoctoral Research Associate

                Marine Genomics Lab

                Check out ongoing research at MGL

                October 2019 - July 2020

                Lecturer

                Towson University.

                Taught Ecology & Evolution (Lecture/Lab), Biodiversity (Lecture), Molecular Ecology & Evolution (seminar)

                August 2013 - December 2014

                Education

                Universität Konstanz

                Bachelor of Biological Science
                Molecular & Cellular Biology/Ecology

                2006 - 2009

                Stony Brook University

                PhD
                Marine & Atmospheric Science

                2009 - 2013
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