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Elizabeth Lee is working to better understand the recruitment of the most valuable single species commercial fishery in Oregon, Dungeness crab, through fisheries genomics. She aims to communicate information obtained from genomic studies of marine species to Oregon’s coastal community, marine scientists, and marine managers.
Elizabeth completed her B.A. in Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she conducted research in oyster reef restoration. She completed a postbaccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health in bioinformatics. Elizabeth began a Master’s program in Fisheries Genetics at Oregon State University in 2017.
Elizabeth is interested in how ecosystem changes can affect the sustainability of marine natural resources. She enjoys conducting research that informs fisheries management decisions. Currently, she is using genomic approaches to understand the genetic structure of recruiting Dungeness crab megalopae on the Oregon coast. The data gathered and synthesized from her project could help improve abilities to predict Dungeness crab commercial catch and benefit Oregon coastal communities.