International Association
for Open Knowledge
on Invasive Alien Species
Individual Member Profile
Dr. Carol A Stepien Research Associate
Department of Vertebrate Zoology
National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution
Position in the INVASIVESNET Associate Member
Associate Editor of Aquatic Invasions
Expertise Carol has >115 scientific papers focusing on molecular ecology, evolutionary genomics, population genetics, biogeography, and systematics. She has headed >$14 million in NSF, NOAA, EPA, SeaGrant, and USDA grants. Special research interests are community and species diversity comparisons, using genomic and bioinformatic analyses for evaluating planktonic communities and environmental (e) DNA across time and space, in relation to anthropogenic and natural fluctuations in chemical, physical, and biological patterns in Pacific, Alaskan, and Arctic marine communities.
Expertise Keywords
Genetics, Genomics, Invasive Species, Marine, Freshwater, Estuarine, Invertebrates, Fishes, eDNA, metabarcoding, high-throughput sequencing, biogeography, phylogeography, ruffe, zebra mussel, quagga mussel, Dreissena, dreissenids, Asian carp, silver carp, bighead carp, goby, round goby, tubenose goby, monkey goby, Proterorhinus, Neogobius, viral hemorrhagic septicemia, VHS
Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea, Bering Sea, Alaska, Arctic, Great Lakes, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, North America, Europe
Dreissena, Proterorhinus, Neogobius, Gymnocephalus
goby, round goby, tubenose goby, silver carp, bighead carp, ruffe, zebra mussel, quagga mussel
Projects . Environmental genomics, genetics, bioinformatics, biogeography, and systematics across marine ecosystems: Relationships over life histories, time, and space. Tests of ecological, distributional, and adaptation hypotheses using genomics, genetics, and bioinformatics. Projects: Metagenomic dynamics of fish and invertebrate communities across northeastern Pacific and Alaskan waters: Responses to ocean warming, acidification and hypoxia. Techniques: high-throughput sequencing, custom metabarcoding, environmental DNA, RADSeq, and Bioinformatics. 2. Molecular ecology, evolution, adaptedness, and population genetic/genomic connectivity patterns of marine and aquatic organisms. Projects: Co-evolution of VHS fish virus and fish host responses. Genetic stock structure of fishes. Interfacing and collaborations with the U.S. Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, federal, state, and provincial agencies, and research labs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe/Eurasia. New NOAA projects on hydrothermal vent and methane seep communities. 3. Temporal and spatial evolutionary dynamics and genetic/genomic responses of marine communities. Population and community changes over time and space. Collaborating across U.S. and Canadian federal and state/provincial fisheries and environmental agencies to institute DNA methods for sampling and assessing community composition, resilience, structure and genetic/genomic changes with climate, acidification, and habitat.
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Editorial assignments Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, editorial board; Biological Invasions, associate editor; Journal of Great Lakes Research, associate editor; Ecological Processes, associate editor
Reviewing experience Aquatic Conservation, Biological Invasions, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Copeia, Diversity and Distributions, Ecology and Evolution, Ecological Processes, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Evolution, Evolutionary Applications, Fisheries, Freshwater Biology, Genes, Genetics, Heredity, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Journal of Virological Methods, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, PLOS One, Prairie Naturalist, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Scientific Reports, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, U.S. Fishery Bulletin, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Professional societies American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected fellow), American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Geophysical Society, Society for the Study of Evolution, International Association for Great Lakes Research
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