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Megan McPhee

Associate Professor

Fish and Fisheries Genetics
Fisheries Conservation
Fisheries Ecology
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
17101 Point Lena Loop Rd
309 Lena Point bldg.
Juneau, AK 99801-8344
(907) 796-5464
Office Hours
3:30-4:30 or by appt
309 Lena Point bldg.
University of New Mexico
Ph.D. Biology
University of Washington
B.S. Fisheries Biology
Curriculum Vitae
Wechter, M.E., B.R. Beckman, A.G. Andrews III, A.H. Beaudreau and M.V. McPhee. 2017. Growth and condition of juvenile chum and pink salmon in the northeastern Bering Sea. Deep Sea Research II. 135:145-155. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.06.001

M. V. McPhee, D. L. G. Noakes and F. W. Allendorf. 2012. Developmental rate: A unifying mechanism for sympatric divergence in postglacial fishes? Current Zoology. 58(1):21-34.

McPhee, MV, DLG Noakes, and FW Allendorf. 2012. Developmental rate: a unifying mechanism for sympatric divergence in postglacial fishes? Current Zoology. 58:21-34.

McPhee, MV and TF Turner. 2009. Genealogical diversity suggests multiple introductions of white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) into the Rio Grande, New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist. 54:485-492..

McPhee, MV, MS Zimmerman, TD Beacham, BR Beckman, JB Olsen, LW Seeb, and WD Templin. 2009. A hierarchical framework to identify influences on Pacific salmon population abundance and structure in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region. American Fisheries Society Symposium. 70:1177-1198.

MV McPhee, TH Tappenbeck, DC Whited, and JA Stanford. 2009. Genetic diversity and population structure in the Kuskokwim River drainage support the ‘recurrent evolution’ hypothesis for sockeye salmon life histories. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 138:1481-1489.

Stephenson, JJ, MR Campbell, JE Hess, C Kozfkay, AP Matala, MV McPhee, P Moran, SR Narum, MM Paquin, O Schlei, MP Small, DM Van Doornik, and JK Wenburg. 2009. A centralized model for creating shared, standardized, microsatellite data that simplifies inter-laboratory collaboration. Conservation Genetics. 10:1145-1149.

Turner TF, TE Dowling, MV McPhee, C Secor, RE Broughton, and JR Gold. 2009. Polymorphic microsatellite primers for the endangered sucker, Xyrauchen texanus (Catostomidae), are useful for hybridization studies of other catostomids. Conservation Genetics. 10:551-553.

Utter, FM, MV McPhee, and FW Allendorf. 2009. The role of population genetics in the management of Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim salmon populations. American Fisheries Society Symposium. 70:97-123.

McPhee, MV. 2008. Ask the experts: how do spawning fish navigate back to the very same stream where they were born? Scientific American. 299:122.

McPhee, MV, MJ Osborne, and TF Turner. 2008. Genetic diversity, population structure and demographic history of the Rio Grande sucker, Catostomus (Pantosteus) plebeius, in New Mexico. Copeia 2008. 2008:191-199.

  • evolutionary ecology
  • population genetics
  • management/conservation of salmonids
Research Overview
I am generally interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes responsible for genetic, life-history and morphological diversity in salmonids, as well as the consequences of this diversity for conservation and management of salmonid populations. Some of my recent research includes: the genetic basis for life-history differences between anadromous and resident steelhead/rainbow trout, the consequences of life history for genetic diversity and population structure in sockeye salmon, and rapid morphological divergence in postglacial and introduced fish populations.
Current Research Projects
  • Determining the effects of hatchery supplementation on genetic diversity and fitness in a wild population of sockeye salmon (PSC)
  • Assessing the ability to discriminate among Western Alaska chum salmon stocks using genetic markers (CIAP)
  • Retrospective analysis of freshwater growth and recruitment in Yukon-Kuskokwim Chinook salmon (PCCRC/AKSSF)
  • Growth and physiological status of juvenile pink and chum salmon in SE Alaska (AKSSF) and in the Chukchi and Northern Bering Sea (CIAP)
  • Ecotypic diversity in Kuskokwim sockeye salmon (AYK Sustainable Salmon Initiative) 'Biocomplexity' has been shown to be an important component of stability in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. The Kuskokwim River differs from Bristol Bay in that it is dominated by dynamic riverine environments and the river-type life history is common in its sockeye salmon populations. We are studying both river-type (Holitna River) and lake-type (Telaquana Lake) sockeye in the Kuskokwim in order to determine how genetic, morphologic, and life-history diversity is distributed within and among spawning populations in contrasting habitats. Results will inform the degree to which adult returns might be expected to fluctuate at both the local and regional scales. Co-PIs: Tom Quinn (UW) and Jack Stanford (UM)
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