Fisheries & Ecological Services
Alaska Region   


Conservation Genetics Laboratory

The sophisticated laboratory techniques and analytical methods of conservation genetics are increasingly being applied to a variety of species in many fish and wildlife management contexts. Providing conservation genetics research and support to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners is the primary function of the Alaska Region’s Conservation Genetics Laboratory. Established in 1987, the Conservation Genetics Laboratory was the first conservation genetics facility in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We provide U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service professionals the support they need to integrate genetics into their management and conservation efforts. We work with internal and external partners to design and conduct genetic research and to provide expertise to address conservation and management issues in Alaska, including those on its 16 National Wildlife Refuges, and in other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regions across the country. We also collaborate on a variety of issues with other conservation genetics programs within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Fish Technology Center network and the Genetics Section of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory.
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Photo of a male coho salmon from the Kenai River drainage.  Photo Credit: USFWS
Conservaton Genetics Laboratory Director John Wenburg sampling
rainbow trout for a genetic study in Alaska.
Credit: Mark Lisac/USFWS

John Wenburg, Director
Conservation Genetics Laboratory
1011 East Tudor Road, MS 331
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907) 786-3618
Fax: (907) 786-3978

Last updated: December 14, 2012