David Tallmon

David Tallmon

Collaborating Faculty

Fish and Fisheries Genetics
Fisheries Ecology
Fisheries Oceanography

Natural Sciences Department
University of Alaska Southeast
205D Anderson, 11275 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801



University of Montana
Ph.D. Ecology

University of Montana
M.S. Ecology

University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. Biology


Curriculum Vitae




Selected Publications

Bell, D.A., Z.L. Robinson, W.C. Funk, S.W. Fitzpatrick, F.W. Allendorf, D.A. Tallmon, and A.R. Whiteley. 2019. The exciting potential and remaining uncertainties of genetic rescue. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 34 (12): 1071–1079. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.006

Levi, T., J.M. Allen, D. Bell, J. Joyce, J.R. Russell, D.A. Tallmon, S.C. Vulstek, Y. Yahan, and D.W. Yu. 2019. Environmental DNA for the enumeration and management of Pacific salmon. Molecular Ecology Resources 19 (3): 597–608. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12987

Bell, D.A., R.P. Kovach, S.C. Vulstek, J.E. Joyce, and D.A. Tallmon. 2017. Climate-induced trends in predator-prey synchrony differ across life-history stages of an anadromous salmonid. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74 (9): 1431–1438. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0309

Tallmon, D.A., and R.P. Kovach. 2017. Genetic responses to rapid change in the environment during the Anthropocene. In: D.A. DellaSala and M.I. Goldstein (eds.), The Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Vol 3, pp. 281–286. Oxford: Elsevier.

Kovach, R.P., S.C. Ellison, S. Pyare, and D.A. Tallmon. 2015. Temporal patterns in adult salmon migration timing across southeast Alaska. Global Change Biology 21 (5): 1821–1833. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12829

Whiteley, A.R., S.W. Fitzpatrick, W.C. Funk, and D.A. Tallmon. 2015. Genetic rescue to the rescue. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30 (1): 42–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2014.10.009

Kovach, K.P., J.E. Joyce, S.C. Vulstek, E.M. Barrientos, and D.A. Tallmon. 2014. Variable effects of climate and density on the juvenile ecology of two salmonids in an Alaskan lake. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71 (14): 799–807. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2013-0577


  • fish and fisheries genetics
  • population genetics
  • evolutionary ecology


Research Overview

My general interests are in evolution, ecology and conservation biology. My focus is on understanding the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data and field data. I have a long-standing interest in combining population genomics and demographic information to infer important evolutionary and demographic parameters for wild populations. More recently, my postdocs and I have focused upon the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation.


Current Research Projects

  • The plasticity and genetic basis of color variation in coastrange sculpin
  • The use of effective population size to monitor changes in wild populations
  • Climate change as a selective force on run timing of salmon



  • Research Scientist, Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF
  • Associate Professor & Department Chair, Biology & Marine Biology Program, University of Alaska Southeast


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