Molly Stephens


PhD, Ecology 2007 UC Davis

MA, Biology 2001 Sonoma State University
BS, Biology, 1997 Westmont College
Current Position: 
Assistant Project Scientist - School Of Natural Sciences
Research Interests: 

 Introgressive hybridization between native trout species and introduced hatchery rainbow trout; hybridization dynamics of secondary contact zones; species restoration and reintroduction genetics, threatened and endangered species management.


 Teglas, M.B., B.P. May, P.R. Crosbie, M.R. Stephens, and W.M. Boyce. 2005. Genetic structure of the tick Ornithodoros coriaceus (Acari: Argasidae) in California, Nevada and Oregon. Journal of Medical Entomology 42(3):247-253.

Amanda J. Finger, Eric C. Anderson, Molly R. Stephens, Bernard P. May. 2011. Application of a method for estimating effective population size and admixture using diagnostic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs): implications for conservation of threatened Paiute cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris) in Silver King Creek, California. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 68(8): 1369-1386.

Finger, A.J., M.R. Stephens, N.W. Clipperton and B. May. 2009. Six diagnostic SNP markers for detecting introgression between cutthroat and rainbow trout. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9:759-763.

Stephens, M.R., N.W. Clipperton, and B.P. May. 2009. Subspecies-informative TaqMan probes for evaluating introgression between native golden trout and introduced rainbow trout. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9:339-343.

Sprowles, A.E., M.R. Stephens, N.W. Clipperton, and B.P. May. 2006. Fishing for SNPs: a targeted locus approach for Single Nucleotide Polymorphism discovery in rainbow trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 135:1698-1721.

Cordes, J.F., M.R. Stephens, M.A. Blumberg, and B.P. May. 2006. Identifying introgressive hybridization in native populations of California golden trout based on molecular markers. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 134:110-128.