John Powell - IDFG (Principal Fishery Research Biologist)
John began working in fisheries genetics as an undergraduate student in Fred Allendorf’s lab at the University of Montana. While there he worked on projects investigating hybridization between cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, population structure of bull trout, and connectivity of Columbia spotted frog populations. John went on to receive his Masters’ degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Montana State University under the direction of Steven Kalinowski and Bob Gresswell.
Since graduating, John has worked on a variety of assessment projects primarily focused on wildlife species. As a post-doctoral researcher in Emily Latch’s lab at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, John identified SNP loci across the mule deer and black-tailed deer genome using exon capture techniques. John also served as an assessment biologist with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ Inland Fish and Wildlife Department. In this position he worked on projects assessing habitat and harvest management for American marten and snowshoe hare.
John joined the Eagle Fish Genetics Lab in the fall of 2016 as a Fisheries Research Biologist. In that position he helped coordinate the genetic stock identification program for IDFG which estimates the population of origin for Snake River basin wild steelhead and Chinook salmon sampled at Lower Granite Dam.
In July of 2018, John accepted the position of Principal Fishery Research Biologist position overseeing the Redfish Lake Sockeye Salmon program and the Integrated Chinook Salmon Project
Away from work John enjoys spending time with his family as well as fishing, gardening, home brewing and hunting. Education Ph.D., Fish and Wildlife Biology, Montana State University, 2014.
John with friendly bird
John with friendly marten
John with friendly steamship