School of Freshwater Sciences
Great Lakes Genomics Center
School of Freshwater Sciences

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Environmental monitoring and population genetics

Project Description

Environmental monitoring for contaminants or invasive species; population genetics to determine status of a population.

Using gene detection, population genetics, gene expression or genomic changes to indicate presence or a species or a change in a population.


The Great Lakes Genomics Center provides multiple tools for monitoring for environmental changes. Changes in the genetics of a population of organisms can be conducted using microsatellite analysis or in the case of bacteria, community analysis, using either the 3730 sequencer or the Illumina Mi-Seq respectively. The presence of invasive species or virulent bacteria can be assessed using digital or quantitative PCR as well as next-gen sequencing tools such as the Illumina Mi-Seq. Gene expression for key genes related to environmental stressors and conditions of a species can be conducted using digital or quantitative PCR. Contact us to start your project or discuss the ways in which we can support your organization for the analyses you need. We are also happy to participate in method development for new ways in which to conduct these analyses for your lab and training on equipment or techniques to assist UWM and GLGC researchers in using these technologies. Watch our News and Events pages for new courses, seminars, and workshops or follow us on Twitter at @GRTLAKESGENOMIC

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