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Richard N. Williams

Richard N. Williams


University of Idaho

Rick is an Idaho native and 3rd generation College of Idaho alumni (Zoology/English Literature). His PhD is from Brigham Young University where he studied prairie falcons and introduced birds in Hawaii. His career work has focused on conservation biology of native salmonids (trout, steelhead and salmon) in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. He’s authored one book on Columbia River salmon recovery and is presently working on another.

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May 8, 2022

Salmon Salvation? The Promise of Biotechnology in Aquatic Conservation Biology

Wild salmon are in trouble worldwide. Many Pacific and Atlantic populations have disappeared or declined to record lows. But recent advances in biotechnology can play an important role in conserving wild salmon while simultaneously increasing the availability and quality of farmed salmon—an important and valued food for humans with enormous cultural significance.

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