Diana Baetscher

Molecular ecology and population genetics of fishes


I’m a postdoc with Ken Smith and the Pelagic-Benthic Coupling group at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). My research explores larval dispersal at depth and as part of a long-term time series on the abyssal seafloor.

Prior to joining MBARI, I was a postdoc with Nina Overgaard Therkildsen and Pete McIntyre at Cornell University applying DNA metabarcoding to identify which of the oceans’ wild fish stocks are sources for aquaculture feeds.

I completed my PhD in Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz in March 2019.

Moonlighting as a photo-identification assistant at the Ross Sea ice edge.


Feel free to contact me with questions or if you need access to PDFs.

Multi-locus metabarcoding of marine species mixtures found in aquaculture feeds

Population structure of Alaskan Northern Fulmars and bycatch assignment

Larval dispersal of kelp rockfish across a marine reserve network in central California

Genetic differentiation and stock structure in Atlantic river herrings

Genetic species identification of nearshore Pacific rockfishes



Baetscher DS, Anderson EC, Gilbert-Horvath EA, Malone DP, Saarman ET, Carr MH, Garza JC. “Dispersal of a nearshore marine fish connects marine reserves and adjacent fished areas along an open coast.” Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.15044


Baetscher DS, Clemento A, Ng T, Anderson EC, Garza JC. “Microhaplotypes provide increased power from short-read DNA sequences for relationship inference.” Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12737

Smith JG, Malone D, Baetscher DS, Carr MH. “Evaluation and application of a biopsy device for in-situ non-lethal tissue extraction for fishes.” Marine Ecology Progress Series. doi: 10.3354/meps12575

Reid K, Hasselman DJ, Palkovacs EP, Baetscher DS, Bentzen P, McBride M, Garza JC. “Range-wide population structure and baseline assessment of anadromous river herring.” Fishery Bulletin. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2018.04.014


Baetscher DS, Hasselman DJ, Reid K, Palkovacs EP, Garza JC. “Discovery and characterization of single nucleotide polymorphisms in two anadromous alosine fishes of conservation concern.” Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3215

Heading west on the Western Flyer from Moss Landing to Station M, October 2019.

Thanks for your interest!

dianabaetscher @ mbari.org

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