faculty listing

Contact Information

Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112-2013
Phone: (206) 860-3275
Fax: (206) 860-3335

Jeffrey Hard Affiliate Faculty

Fish and Fisheries Genetics • Fisheries Ecology • Fisheries Genetics and Aquaculture


  • National Marine Fisheries Services
  • Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Conservation Biology Division
  • NOAA
  • University of Washington


  • Population Biology
  • Evolution of Life Histories
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Genetic and Ecological Consequences of Harvest and Propagation
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis


  • B.S. 1979 Oregon State University (Biology)
  • M.S. 1984 (Fisheries)
  • Ph.D. 1991 University of Oregon (Biology)

Research Overview

As a biologist that uses evolutionary genetics to address current and emerging problems in natural resource management and conservation biology, Jeff's research into life-history evolution focuses on four primary topics: 1) characterizing the relationship between genetic and phenotypic variation within and among populations in life history; 2) determining the evolutionary consequences of inbreeding within and interbreeding among distinct populations; 3) exploring how life histories respond to selection such as size-selective exploitation, hatchery domestication and climate change; and 4) detecting the genetic architecture of fitness traits. His current research projects include studies in Washington and Alaska to determine the effects of inbreeding and outbreeding in Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, to characterize domestication selection in hatchery coho salmon, to evaluate the consequences of fisheries- and climate-induced evolution in Pacific salmon, and to quantify the genetic and environmental factors that influence anadromy, life-history plasticity, and viability in steelhead.