The Genetics Research Unit was established in 2018 to improve wildlife population monitoring data, analyze species taxonomic status, identify management and conservation priorities based on genetic variation, and develop an archive of reference genetic samples for future research. These statewide priorities directly support CDFW management, conservation, and enforcement mandates.
Genetics researchers use state-of-the art equipment and provide “in-house” expertise that supports large mammal and carnivore focused genetic research and management, as well as a greater diversity of native species. This function is consistent with California's scientific initiative to increase scientific capacity (Fish and Game Code Section 715(opens in new tab)). Learn more!