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Contact Information

4210 University Drive Mail Stop 701
Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-3670
Fax: (907) 786-3636

Jennifer Nielsen Affiliate Faculty

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


  • United States Geological Survey
  • Alaska Biological Science Center


  • Marine and Freshwater Ecology


  • M.S. 1990 University of California Berkeley (Fisheries Biology)
  • Ph.D. 1994 University of California Berkeley (Environmental Studies)

Research Overview

Molecular genetics, stock identification, conservation and management of Pacific salmonids; evolution and biogeography in fishes; marine and freshwater fish behavior and habitat use; impacts of sport and recreational fishing on resource management.

Current Research Projects

  • Genetic analyses of anadromous and non-anadromous Oncorhynchus mykiss (rainbow trout) in Sashin Creek, Southeast Alaska
  • Testing satellite pop-up tags as a tool for identifying critical habitat
  • Effects of catch-and-release injury on the ecology, physiology, and behavior of rainbow trout on the Alagnak River in Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Southwest Alaska rainbow trout investigations
  • Global climate influence on salmon


Ruggerone, G. T., E. Farley, J. L. Nielsen, S. Ignell and P. Hagen. 2002. Seasonal marine scale growth of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in relation to pink salmon abundance, 1955-2000. Fisheries and Oceanography.

Nielsen, J. L. and G. K. Sage. 2002. Microsatellite sequence reveals significant haplotypes diversity in Central Valley chinook stocks. Final Technical Report Submitted to California Department of Fish and Game June 2002.

Ruggerone, G. T., M. Zimmermann, K. W. Meyers, J. L. Nielsen and D. E. Rogers. 2002. Competition between Asian pink salmon and North American sockeye salmon in the North Pacific Ocean. Fisheries and Oceanography.

Nielsen, J. L. and G. K. Sage. 2002. Genetic analysis of temporal spawning populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi) from Pyramid Lake. Technical report submitted to Bailey Environmental, June 2002.

Seitz, A., D. Wilson and J. L. Nielsen 2002. Testing pop-up satellite tags as a tool for identifying critical habitat for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) in the Gulf of Alaska. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 01478), U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Porath, M. T. and J. L. Nielsen. In Press. Evidence of sexually dimorphic introgression in Pinaleno Mountain Apache trout. N. Am. J. Fish. Mgmt.

Ruggerone, G., J. Nielsen, E. Farley, S. Ignell, P. Hagen, B. Agler, D. Rogers and J. Bumgarner. 2002. Long-term trends in annual Bristol Bay sockeye salmon scale growth at sea in relation to sockeye abundance and environmental trends, 1955-2000. Proceedings of the Joint Meeting on Causes of Marine Mortality of Salmon in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans and in the Baltic Sea. North Pacific Fisheries Commission Annual Meeting, March 2002, Vancouver, B.C.