Jennifer Von Bargen

Jennifer Von Bargen - Lab Geneticist
Lab Geneticist

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

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About Jennifer Von Bargen

Jennifer provides quality genetic data to station biologists using various types of technology including: microsatellite and SNP genotyping, gene expression, and sequencing data. She is responsible for the inventory and maintenance of all laboratory equipment, including supplies needed to complete assigned projects. Working directly with sales representatives, she obtains required billing quotes, provides budget information on a variety of projects and communicates new laboratory procedures. Furthermore, she contributes to the upkeep of the Conservation Genetics Program's database that inventories all samples. One exciting project she works on is the genetic identification of endangered Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook salmon. This weekly project consists of receiving, processing, analyzing, and providing the results to our partners in California within 24 hours. Prior to working for FWS, Jennifer worked part time for U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Yakima Agriculture Research Laboratory in Wapato, WA.  After graduation, she worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in their Molecular Genetics Laboratory for eight years.


B.S. 2001. Molecular Biology. Central Washington State University, Ellensburg, WA.


Von Bargen J, Smith CT, Rueth J. 2015. Development of a Chinook salmon sex identification SNP assay based on the growth hormone pseudogene. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 6 (1): xx-xx; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/012014-JFWM-004.

Small, M.P., K. Currens, et al. 2009. "Impacts of supplementation: genetic diversity in supplemented and unsupplemented populations of summer chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) in Puget Sound (Washington, USA)." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66(8): 1216-1229.

Small, M.P., A.E. Frye, J.F. Von Bargen, and S.F. Young 2006. Genetic structure structure
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Learn more about structure
of chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) populations in the lower Columbia River: are chum salmon in Cascade tributaries remnant populations? Conservation Genetics 7:65-78.


Jennifer greatly enjoys spending time with her family and working with her husband to teach their two sons about the world around them. As a family, they enjoy a multitude of different games, hiking, backpacking and sports, keeping all of them very busy! She also enjoys gardening and cross stitching when she can find a spare moment.

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2021 Yakima Basin Basin Bull Trout Transport Project Annual Report

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North Fork Tieton Bull Trout Transport Project: 2017 Progress Report

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