In the Pacific Northwest, Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon and steelhead trout have experienced precipitous declines over the past 30 years, with many populations threatened or endangered, and some already extinct. Our program applies a series of novel molecular and ecological approaches to understand the role of infection and disease outbreaks in salmon declines, a difficult task when mortality is mostly unobservable. High throughput pathogen monitoring tools have revealed the distribution and abundance of over 60 potential salmon pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungal and protozoan parasites) in 28,000 wild, hatchery and cultured salmon.
Dr. Kristi Miller (Saunders) is an aquatic molecular biologist with expertise in genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, immunogenetics, and fish health, with research on Pacific and Atlantic salmon spanning 27 years. Fisheries and Oceans Canada; University of British Columbia (adjunct).
The following document is a list of the selected peer-reviewed publications from the past 5 years: