Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Matt joined the Department of Natural Resources in 2007. His research spans from conservation genetics to evolutionary genomics with a focus on aquatic fauna. To inform population management and restoration, Matt utilizes genetic markers to measure processes such gene flow, hybridization and genetic changes from population supplementation. Matt also uses population genomics to investigate adaptive processes in organisms with a focus on rapid evolution.
Areas of Expertise
In marine environments there are few absolute barriers to dispersal, yet population genetic substructure and cryptic species are common in marine taxa that have high dispersal potential. This observation, and its implications for conservation and management, has focused the recent research of my lab group on two general questions:
In species with large population sizes and high genetic diversity, to what extent do evolutionary processes dynamically shape contemporary population differentiation at small spatial scales? How do these processes affect population resilience?
What genomic changes accompany selective breeding and how does interbreeding between domesticates and wild individuals affect fitness in the wild?
Mao, X., Augyte, S., Huang, M., Hare, M.P., Bailey, D., Umanzor, S., Marty-Rivera, M., Robbins, K.R., Yarish, C., Lindell, S. and Jannink, J.L., 2020. Population Genetics of Sugar Kelp Throughout the Northeastern United States Using Genome-Wide Markers. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, p.694, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2020.00694
Bruce, S.A., Y. Kutsumi, C. Van Maaren, M.P. Hare. 2020. Habitat effects on stocking-induced changes in wild brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) genetic structure. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society online early, https://doi.org/10.1002/tafs.10239
McFarland, K., L.V. Plough, M. Nguyen, M.P. Hare. 2020. Are bivalves susceptible to domestication selection? Using starvation tolerance to test for potential trait changes in eastern oyster larvae. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0230222.
McFarland, K and M.P. Hare. 2018. Restoring oysters to urban estuaries: Redefining habitat quality for eastern oyster performance near New York City. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0207368.
Holley, J., K. McComas and M.P. Hare. 2018. Troubled Waters: Risk Perception and the Case of Oyster Restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Marine Policy 91:104-112, DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.01.024.
Bruce, S. A., Hare, M. P., Mitchell, M. W., & Wright, J. J. 2018. Confirmation of a unique and genetically diverse ‘heritage’ strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a remote Adirondack watershed. Conservation Genetics 19(1):71-83, DOI:10.1007/s10592-017-1019-6.
Sutherland, C., Fuller, A.K., Royle, J.A., Hare, M.P. and Madden, S., 2018. Large-scale variation in density of an aquatic ecosystem indicator species. Scientific Reports 8, 8958 (2018) doi:10.1038/s41598-018-26847-x
NTRES 2830 - DNA, Genes and Genetic Diversity. Introductory genetics course designed for the Environment & Sustainability major.
NTRES 4100 - Advanced Conservation Biology. Co-taught with Evan Cooch, this class teaches the genetic and demographic fundamentals needed for population viability analysis.
NTRES 7283 - Special topics in molecular ecology including semesters focused on nonmodel genomics, phenotypic plasticity and conservation genomics