Nina recently visited the University of New Hampshire, first attending a great Sea Grant Symposium that synthesized current knowledge about the population structure of Atlantic cod in New England waters, integrating views from scientists with on-the-water observations from fishermen. Following this, Nina participated in the first two-day meeting of the NOAA/NESFC-sponsored working group tasked with evaluation whether current management units are consistent with the current best available information about cod stock structure.
Hannes and Maria traveled to Boston’s Harvard University to meet with Valentina di Santo from the Lauder Lab at the Museum for Comparative Zoology. Thanks to our collaborators there, we were able to use a 2D-digital X-ray machine to produce x-ray images of the silversides in our QTL mapping study. These images will allow us to count the vertebrae, which increases in wild populations from south to north.
Nicolas joined Doug Carlson and Stephanie Weston, our collaborators from the NYDEC, on their sampling trip to the Adirondacks. The team is collecting fish for a genome-wide comparison of intra-specific variation, with the aim of characterizing how distinct the summer sucker (the only fish species endemic to the New York state) is genetically from the much more widely distributed white sucker (Photo credit: Doug Carlson).