Heidi Golden is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Connecticut’s Urban Lab and an Arctic researcher since 1990. Investigating genetic diversity and local adaptation of fish populations, Heidi shares her field experiences in the remote Arctic wilderness.
The Fishscape team, lead by researchers from the the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT (Mark Urban and Heidi Golden) and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (Linda Deegan and Cameron MacKenzie), studies genetically distinct Arctic grayling populations from watersheds that differ in temperature, aquatic connectivity, and sensitivity to climate change. Through genomics, otolith microchemistry, PIT tagging, remote sensing and common garden experiments, the team investigates population genetics, impacts to fish movement patterns and genetic and environmental contributions to performance of fish from different physical environments.
Funding and support provided by NSF, EPA, Arctic LTER, USFWS, UAF-IAB, and WHOI