Ben J. G. Sutherland, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

As a member of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, I currently analyze next-generation sequence data for a variety of projects. Mainly my work encompasses bioinformatics aspects of projects involving genetic stock identification, parentage-based tagging, environmental DNA, and transcriptomics.

Current research and/or projects

I use genetic tools enabled by bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing technology to study various aspects of conservation molecular ecology. This involves various techniques and approaches including high-throughput genotyping for genetic stock identification and parentage-based tagging, and sequencing analysis to study genome evolution, population genetic parameters, environmental DNA, and transcriptomics.

Research and/or project statements

My current projects include

  • Development of high-throughput genotyping panels for all five Pacific salmonids and Eulachon
  • Characterize genetic structure and implement genetic stock identification for the five salmonids and Eulachon to the highest resolution possible within the limits of the ecology and genetics of the species
  • Develop next-generation sequencing advances and associated bioinformatics for emerging technologies (e.g. in-field, real-time genotyping, environmental DNA metabarcoding)

Professional activities / interests

My main professional activities and interests involve

  • Conservation of aquatic resources using molecular tools
  • Conducting and facilitating open science and reproducible research
  • Considering challenges in the context of whole-ecosystem or whole-genome functions

Education and awards

  • 2019-present Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • 2018-2019 Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of British Columbia and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, British Columbia, BC, Canada
  • 2014-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
  • 2008-2014 Ph.D. Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada
  • 2004-2008 B.Sc. Biology (Honours), Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC Canada

Key publications

Please see a full list of my publications on Google Scholar:

Research facility

3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7