Matt Hare joined the Department of Natural Resources in 2007. His research spans from conservation genetics to evolutionary genomics with a focus on aquatic fauna. Most of his research utilizes genetic markers to measure processes such as selection and gene flow in natural populations to address basic and applied questions related to population management and restoration.
Matt's research goals are to understand the ecological, demographic and historical processes that generate population substructure and species diversity in coastal marine ecosystems, and to make these findings relevant to conservation and management when possible. In marine environments there are few absolute barriers to dispersal, yet population genetic substructure and cryptic species are common in marine taxa that have high dispersal potential. This implicates cryptic barriers to dispersal or strong diversifying selection generating population substructure. Matt's work focuses on both these possibilities by using genetic markers to test for larval retention and nonrandom dispersal limiting population admixture, and by testing for the effects of natural selection at both genomic and phenotypic levels. Conventional means of studying these population processes are made difficult in the diverse taxa studied in the Hare lab because of their small size (e.g., invertebrate larvae, protozoan parasites, copepods), their complex life cycles, or their phenotypic plasticity. By analyzing genetic variation using phylogenetic, population genetic and biogeographic frameworks, in addition to field experiments, Matt's research overcomes some of these obstacles and infers population processes affecting spatial connectivity at both ecological and evolutionary time scales.
Professor Hare teaches an introductory genetics course designed for Natural Resources majors and population biologists in general (NTRES 2830). He also teaches portions of Advanced Conservation Biology (NTRES 4100) and Evolution and Biodiversity (BioSM 1780). At the graduate level he currently teaches a seminar in molecular ecology (NTRES 7283), often focused on nonmodel genomics.
- McFarland, K. P., & Hare, M. P. (2018). Restoring oysters to urban estuaries: Redefining habitat quality for eastern oyster performance near New York City. PLOS One. 13:28.
- Bruce, S. A., Hare, M. P., Mitchell, M. W., & Wright, J. J. (2018). Confirmation of a unique and genetically diverse ‘heritage’ strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a remote Adirondack watershed. Conservation Genetics. 19:71-83.
- Zhang, H., & Hare, M. P. (2012). Identifying and reducing AFLP genotyping error: An example of tradeoffs when comparing population structure in broadcast spawning versus brooding oysters. Heredity. 108:616-625.
- Hare, M. P., Nunney, L., Schwartz, M., Ruzzante, D., Burford, M., Waples, R., Ruegg, K., & Palstra, F. (2011). Understanding and estimating effective population size for practical applications in marine species management. Conservation Biology. 25:438-449.
- Hare, M. P., Weinberg, J., Peterfalvy, O., & Davidson, M. (2010). The “southern” surfclam (Spisula solidissima) found north of its reported range: A commercially harvested population in Long Island Sound, New York. Journal of Shellfish Research. 29:799-807.
Presentations and Activities
- Oyster restoration informed by population genomics; How “local” should an oyster stock be for restoration? December 2018. University of Alabama Department of Biology. Tuscalooosa, Alabama.
- Restriction-based reduced representation genomic data in non-model organisms: sources of bias and diagnostics for optimal clustering. Plant Biology annual meeting. July 2013. Plant Biology. Providence, RI.
- Using ‘local’ brood stock for restoration – how local is ‘local’ and what is the evidence for risks and benefits? National Shellfisheries Association, Annual Meeting. February 2013. National Shellfisheries Association. Nashville, KY.
- High Density Genome Sampling in Highly Heterozygous Organisms: Lessons from Ciona savignyi. Evolution. July 2012. Society for the Study of Evolution. Ottawa, Canada.
- Genetics of Wild Brook Trout from Region 6 Stocked Ponds. NY Chapter American Fisheries Society. February 2012. NY Department of Environmental Conservation. Lake Placid, NY.
- Mechanisms maintaining sharp genetic clines in marine species with long-lived larva. April 2011. University of Hawaii, Manoa. Honolulu, HI.
- Genetics of Wild Brook Trout Found in Stocked Waters: part of the Temiscamie Hybrid Brook Trout Study. Adirondack Research Consortium. March 2011.