Dr. Christie's research occurs at the interface of ecology and evolution and employs a diverse array of genetic approaches such as pedigree analyses, population genetics and bioinformatics. Using these genetic tools, he is answering basic and applied questions focusing on contemporary evolution (i.e., rapid genetic adaptions), population connectivity and the successful conservation and management of threatened populations. Currently, Dr. Christie is examining the effects of fish hatcheries on wild populations and have documented that genetic adaption to captivity can occur after only a single generation in a hatchery. Part of this research is devoted to generating and analyzing next-generation sequencing data and he is currently using RNA-Seq to determine which genes are differentially expressed between wild and first-generation hatchery salmon from the Columbia River. Future work will focus on how contemporary evolution can shape species responses to climate change, habitat fragmentation and novel environments.