Chris Hollenbeck

Chris Hollenbeck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: TH 140
Phone: 361-825-6022
Dr. Hollenbecks research is focused on using modern genomics to make improvements in aquaculture, fisheries management, and conservation of marine species. The ability to inexpensively sequence the DNA of nearly any organism has considerably expanded the set of tools available for making decisions about exploited species. Genetic information can be used to help identify discrete populations in a fishery, to measure past population declines or expansions, to understand how species adapt to their environment, and to efficiently identify individuals with superior traits for agriculture. I'm particularly interested in the ways that genomics can benefit aquaculture, including design and implementation of efficient selective breeding programs for improvement of important traits in farmed fish and shellfish.