Kathleen O'Malley
Assistant Professor of Fisheries Genetics

Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Conservation Genetics

Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station - Hatfield Marine Science Center
Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States
(541) 961-3311


Investigate how genetic and ecological factors interact to shape life history variation within and among populations of marine and freshwater fishes.


Coastal Population Genetics and Conservation  

Genetics and Management of Exploited Populations 

Genetic Monitoring


Ph.D.  2007, Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University
M.Sc.  2001, Zoology, University of Guelph, Canada
B.S.   1999, Biological Sciences, Florida State University

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department


Selected Publications

Evans ML, Johnson MA, Jacobson DP, Wang J, Hogansen M, O’Malley KG (In press) Evaluating a multi-generational reintroduction program for threatened spring Chinook salmon using genetic parentage analysis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Evans ML, Shry S, Jacobson DP, O’Malley KG (2015) Functional gene diversity and migration timing in reintroduced Chinook salmon. Conservation Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-015-0753-x

O’Malley KG, Perales B, Whitcomb AC (2015) Influence of immune-relevant genotype on the reproductive success of a salmonid alternative mating strategy. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.12597

Whitcomb AC, Banks MA, O’Malley KG (2014) Influence of immune-relevant genes on mate choice and reproductive success in wild spawning hatchery-reared and wild coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 71, 1–10.

O’Malley KG, Jacobson DP, Kurth R, Dill AJ, Banks MA (2013) Adaptive genetic markers discriminate migratory runs of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) amid continued gene flow. Evolutionary Applications doi:10.1111/eva.12095.

O’Malley KG, Ford MJ, Hard JJ (2010) Clock polymorphism in Pacific salmon: Evidence for variable selection along a latitudinal gradient. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 277, 3703-3714.



Fun Fact

Enjoys whitewater kayaking, bow hunting, running, fishing, hiking, snowboarding