Dr Jessica Glass

Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr Jessica Glass

Research Interests

Population genomics and phylogenomics of marine fishes

My research combines genomic sequencing with environmental datasets to address questions spanning the fields of fisheries, evolutionary biology, and ecology with specific applications towards the management and conservation of fishes. I use genomic tools to answer questions on critical fisheries issues such as migration, resilience to climate change and anthropogenic stressors, as well as quantifying changing patterns of biodiversity over space and time.

The rapid advancement of genomics has transformed fisheries biology in incredible ways, from detecting cryptic biodiversity and stock structure to characterizing adaptation to environmental conditions and selection from anthropogenic pressures such as fishing. I am using whole-genome sequencing to examine the interactions between genes and the environment on multiple spatial scales. 

I currently focus on marine fishes in the clade Carangoidea, which includes the kingfish, jacks, pompanos, remoras, dolphinfish and cobia. My research spans the entire Indo-Pacific with an emphasis on the western Indian Ocean, from South Africa to Seychelles. Much of my research centers on two iconic recreational fishery species: Giant kingfish (Caranx ignobilis) and Bluefin kingfish (Caranx melampygus). By examining these species’ population genetic structure, adaptation and ecology, I am addressing research questions useful for governments and fisheries management agencies to develop sustainable management plans.

After working as a commercial fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, I earned a MS in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

Supervisor: Professor Paul Cowley 

Dr. John Kauwe, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah USA - and - Dr. Scott Santos, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Google Scholar Profile 

Twitter: @jessroseglass