Category Archives: Announcements

GVL is looking to hire an undergraduate to assist with sample archive

The GVL is looking for a mature, responsible undergraduate student with some lab experience and excellent attention to detail to help us enter sampling information from the GVL’s tissue and DNA collection into archiving software. We are looking for someone able to start this summer and continue until the archiving is completed (fall or winter quarters). Please check out our job posting on Aggie Job Link for more information. Job ID 839427

Congratulations, Matt Thorstensen, MS!

Matt turned in his thesis today and is officially a Master of Science! Congratulations, Matt! Keep an eye out for his paper, soon to be submitted to Conservation Genetics, entitled “To breed or not to breed? Maintaining genetic diversity in white sturgeon supplementation programs.”

GVL welcomes two new PhD students!

Welcome Shannon Joslin and Ensieh Habibi to the Genomic Variation Lab! Shannon comes from the world of humans to work on the assembly and annotation of the Delta Smelt genome, as well as examining Ne in historical samples and searching for a sex marker.  Ensie comes to us from Berlin and Iran, and will be studying domestication in the hatchery population of Delta Smelt.

GVL awarded grant to develop reintroduction plan for Delta Smelt

GVL members Andrea Schreier, Mandi Finger, and Daphne Gille (in collaboration with Cramer Fish Sciences) were awarded a grant by California Department of Water Resources to bring stakeholders to the table to develop a reintroduction plan for Delta Smelt. The is the first step in coming to terms with the fact that we may need to use hatchery fish to supplement/reinforce the wild population while restoration projects are underway.

New annoucements

We have three new graduate students entering in 2016: Ann Holmes (PhD, GGE), Aviva Fiske (MS, GGE), Matt Thorstenson (MS, GGE). Welcome to the GVL!


Amanda Coen and Shannon Kieran were recently awarded a Jastro Shields grant and Natural Reserve System grant, respectively, to cover a portion of their research expenses. Amanda has also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention which is a high honor coming from such a prestigious funding program. Way to go, Amanda and Shannon!