Examining Genetic Variation among Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) in the Monongahela River

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Chelsea Gilliland , California University of Pennsylvania
Rainbow darters are small fish that serve as biological indicators because of their sensitivity to pollution. The presence of lock and dam chambers along the Monongahela River has led to isolated populations with potential genetic distinct ions. DNA microsatellites were applied to extracted DNA to test for differences between populations.