Matt Thorstensen

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Master's Student


B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, minor in Biological Sciences, honors in Animal Science- UC Davis, 2016

M.S. in Ecology, emphasis on Ecological Genomics and Genetics- UC Davis, June 2018

Research Interests

I am interested in applying genetics to conservation issues in a wide variety of taxa. Currently I am using population genetics to study polyploid white sturgeon, but am also interested in functional genomics.

Research Projects

My master’s thesis investigates the ability of broodstock or repatriation-based sampling to maintain genetic variation in conservation aquaculture, by using maximum-likelihood-based methods to investigate family groups and measuring genetic diversity present in different samples. I am also exploring the role that dimension reduction algorithms might play in analyzing polyploid data.