Christian Smith

Christian Smith - Regional Geneticist
Regional Geneticist and Program Lead for the Conservation Genetics Program

Abernathy Fish Technology Center
1440 Abernathy Creek Rd.
Longview, WA 98632
United States

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About Christian Smith

Christian is the Regional Geneticist and Program Lead for the Conservation Genetics Program. The program works with state and local governmental, tribal, academic, and private sector partners to meet the need for genetic information. Results are commonly used to support management of NFHs in the Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regions and for rapid analysis of genetic samples to support conservation management actions by the FWS and our partners. Results may also be used to infer population structure structure
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Ph.D. - 2002. Biology. University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

B.S. - 1996. Biology. University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Smith, C.T., J. Von Bargen, P. W. DeHaan, P. Scheerer, and M.H. Meeuwig. 2019. Genetic structure and the history of chub in the Alvord Basin. Conservation Genetics 20(3):489-501.

Silver, B.P., J. M. Hudson, C.T. Smith, K. Lujan, M. Brown, and T.A. Whitesel. 2018. An urban stream can support a healthy population of coastal cutthroat trout. Urban Ecosystems 21 (2):291-304.

Lesica, P., B. Adams, and C. T. Smith. 2016. Can physiographic regions substitute for genetically-determined conservation units? A case study with the threatened plant, Silene spaldingii. Conservation Genetics 17:1041-1054.

Smith, C.T., J. Baumsteiger, W. R. Argren, Y. Dettlaff, D. Hawkins, and D. M. Van Doornik, 20015. Eliminating variation in age-at-spawning leads to genetic divergence within a single coho salmon population. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management6 (1): 4-18.

Sutherland, B.J.G., K.C. Hanson, J.R. Jantzen, B.F. Koop, and C.T. Smith. 2014. Divergent immunity and energetic programs in the gills of migratory and resident Onchorhynchus mykiss. Molecular Ecology 23 (8): 1952-1964.

From The Library

Genetic Evaluation of Fall Chinook Salmon Carcasses Collected During Annual Spawning Ground Surveys of the White Salmon River, WA from 2013–2021

Hybridization among threatened tule and non-native upriver bright (URB) fall-run Chinook salmon populations has been observed in both the White Salmon River and broodstocks at the Little White Salmon (LWS), Willard (WI), and Spring Creek (SC) National Fish Hatcheries (NFH). Previous genetic...