Dr. Michael Kinnison

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DR. MICHAEL KINNISON is Professor of Evolutionary Applications at the University of Maine.  He obtained his BS in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993.  He received his MS (1997) and later a PhD (1999) from the University of Washington studying the evolution of Chinook salmon populations historically introduced to New Zealand in the early 1900s.  He became the first Croasdale Fellow in Vertebrate Biology at Dartmouth College and joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 2002.  His research focuses primarily on evolution occurring over contemporary time scales, particularly in response to human disturbances affecting wild populations of fishes and other vertebrates.  Dr. Kinnison’s work includes population genetics and adaptations of endangered Atlantic salmon, Arctic charr and brook trout, and the migratory ecology and population dynamics of endangered salmon, and shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine.  Recently he has taken up work on environmental DNA (eDNA) detection and genomics.  He has served on several advisory boards related to management and restoration of threatened fish species.