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Martha Reiskind

Associate Faculty


Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Research in the Burford Reiskind Laboratory focuses on using molecular methods to determine the evolutionary history and future evolutionary trajectory of species. She uses a variety of molecular methods to elucidate how random and selective processes contribute to population differentiation and speciation in “open” systems, such as most aquatic habitats. Most of her target species have either a conservation concern or current management issues. Therefore, the results of the research have direct applications to conservation and management. An over arching theme for Dr. Burford Reiskind’s research is to understand how future environmental change or perturbations will affect the evolutionary trajectory of species or communities. One of the on-going research projects on rockfish, in the genus Sebastes, addresses local adaptation and conservation genetics of this commercially important group of fishes for which we have increasing concerns due to previous management issues and the effects of global climate change. She also have several other projects that utilizes different genetic tools for addressing conservation questions or questions of how species are locally adapted to their environment.

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Lab Website

Burford Reiskind Lab

Selected Publications

Burford Reiskind M.O., Labadie P., Bargielowski I., Lounibos L.P., Reiskind M.H. (In Review) Rapid evolution and the genomic consequences of selection against interspecific mating – Molecular Ecology.

Burford Reiskind, M.O., Coyle, K., Daniels, H.V., Labadie, P., Reiskind, M.H., Roberts, N.B., Roberts, R.B., Schaff, J., Vargo, E.L. (2016) Application of a modified double digest RAD sequencing approach to non-model, ecologically important taxa. Mol Ecol Resources 16: 1303-1314.

Burford, M.O., Cook, B.J., Scarpa, J., and Hare, M.P. 2014. Local adaptation of a marine invertebrate with a high dispersal potential: evidence from a reciprocal transplant experiment. Marine Ecological Progress Series. Vol. 505: 161-175

Burford, M.O., Carr, M.H., and Bernardi, G. 2011. Age-structured analysis of the genetic structure of blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) reveals geographic variation within and between distinct lineages. Marine Ecological Progress Series 442: 201-215

Burford, M.O., Bernardi, G., and Carr M.H. 2011. Analysis of individual year-classes of a marine fish reveals little evidence of first-generation hybrids between cryptic species in sympatric regions. Marine Biology. 158: 1815-1827

Hare, M.P., Nunney, L., Schwartz, M., Ruzzante, D., Burford, M., Waples, R.S., Ruegg, K., Palstra, F. 2011. Effective population size: opportunities and challenges for practical application in marine conservation and management. Conservation Biology 25: 438-439

Burford, M.O. 2009. Demographic history, geographic distribution, and reproductive isolation of distinct lineages of the blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus), a marine fish with a high dispersal potential. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1471-1486.

Vagelli, A., Burford, M., and Bernardi, G. 2009. Fine-scale dispersal in Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, a coral reef species lacking a pelagic phase. Marine Genomics 1: 129-134.

Burford, M.O. and Bernardi, G. 2008. Incipient speciation within a subgenus of rockfish (Sebastosomus) provides evidence of recent radiations within an ancient species flock. Marine Biology 154: 701-717.

Burford, M.O. and Larson, R.J. 2007. Genetic heterogeneity in a single year-class from a panmictic population of adult blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus). Marine Biology 151: 451-465.


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