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NOAA Fisheries Personnel Default Profile

Eric Iwamoto

Research Fish Biologist
Genetics and Evolution Program
Office: (206) 860-3285

Eric Iwamoto

Research Fish Biologist


Eric is a research fisheries biologist in the Center's Conservation biology division. He has worked at the Center since 1994. Eric received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Hawaii.

Current Research

I work at the Montlake laboratory and my primary duty is to collect genetic data to resolve questions regarding population structure and species identification. I have used allozyme, microsatellite and RFLP methods to collect genetic data to identify population structure that is often used to help better manage and conserve fisheries. Although I primarily work with salmonids, we also have used genetics to identify other fish species as well as freshwater mussels. My current work involves attempting to identify sockeye populations that may have existed in the 1920s by comparing archived sockeye tissues to extant populations.