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Kevin Weitemier

Kevin is a bioinformatics analyst developing ways of detecting environmental DNA in streams. Such methods attempt to observe DNA from organisms (mainly animals) in the water, to gain an understanding of community composition at particular locations. Kevin earned his doctoral degree in the Botany & Plant Pathology department at OSU, working in the lab of Aaron Liston. As a graduate student he studied botany and plant systematics, specifically working on the genomics and population genetics of milkweeds (Asclepias). He later worked for the OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing as a bioinformatics analyst and e-trainer where he collaborated on experimental design and analysis of genomic data. He also taught bioinformatics to the OSU community, developing an online course in the R statistical computing language.


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One chapter from my dissertation is currently being prepared for publication. This study uses population genomic techniques to study the jewel milkweed, Asclepias cryptoceras, and its two subspecies spread across the Intermountain West. You can access my dissertation here to read more about it.