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Population genetics is the study of genetic variation within and among populations. Or put in an alternative manner, we apply molecular genetic markers to identify and quantify the evolutionary relationships among groups of individuals in time and space. Our work also involves connecting the genetic patterns to the physical, ecological, biological and functional-genetic mechanisms shaping what we observe. We also use molecular genetics methods to answer other relevant questions relating to the marine environment.

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What scientific topics do we work with?

The group has a strong focus on the application of molecular genetic methods to identify individuals, sibling-relationships, populations and species. However, in order to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that shape the patterns we observe, we are also involved in many activities and projects where a wide range of parameters are measured. These measurements are performed in natural habitats, sampling infrastructure in the wild such as fish traps, as well as under controlled experimental conditions. Measurements range from life-history, phenotypic, behavioral as well as phenological traits

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Examples of Research projects delivering data directly to the regulatory authorities

Our research is often “applied science”, and we have some excellent examples of providing data and knowledge to the management and regulatory authorities. A taste of these strongly applied projects and deliveries include the following:

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Genetics tools and laboratory infrastructure

One of the key tools applied in our work is molecular genetic markers that we use to identify individuals, families and siblings, populations, domesticated individuals, cryptic species, sub-species and species.

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Software and programs produced by the group

Several genetics and modeling programs have been produced by the group which are feely available for other researchers to implement in their studies also.

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Research facility (trapping systems) in the rivers Guddal and Etne

The river laboratory in the river Guddal is located in the central part of the Hardangerfjord, a fjord with high density of salmon farms.

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Research facility at Matre – for common-garden experiments

The research group is one of largest/main users of IMR’ research station at Matre, 80 km north of Bergen.

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Kevin Glover
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