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Jon joined the Marine Genomics Lab in August of 2012.  He is interested in utilizing next-generation sequencing technology and genome-scale analyses to investigate the effects of life-history strategy and human populations on the evolution of marine populations.  Currently, he uses the Illumina sequencing platform to investigate the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, environmental correlates, marine reserves and artificial reefs on the molecular ecology and population genomics of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in the Gulf of Mexico.  He also continues to develop a custom analysis pipeline called dDocent to perform quality control, de novo assembly, read mapping, SNP calling, and quality filtering of double digest RAD-seq data.  Lastly, he is using Illumina and Pacific Biosciences sequencing in a hybrid approach to sequence the genome of red snapper.


Jon earned his Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program through the Zoology department at the University of Hawai’i working with Rob Toonen at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology.  His dissertation focused on how life history traits and coastal pollution effects the population connectivity of Asterinid sea stars.  He earned his B.S. in Biology from Brown University in 2005.  Find all of Jon’s research on his profile at ResearchGate, follow his work on his website, or follow Jon on Twitter.  


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