Elizabeth Dakin, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Dakin

Post-doctoral Researcher and Instructor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science and Management

233 Mellon Hall
Phone: 412.396.1104


Ph.D. Genetics, University of Georgia
B.S. Biology, Virginia Tech
Professional Background

Dr. Beth Dakin teaches Conservation Biology in the Environmental Science and Management Program at Duquesne University. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Dakin's research interests combine the areas of conservation genetics, natural history, and molecular ecology. Most of her research involves both a field component (often collecting or surveying stream fishes) and a lab component. Molecular markers such as mitochondrial DNA or microsatellites can be used to evaluate the population structure, evolutionary history, and genetic diversity of threatened or endangered fishes. Additional research areas include water quality monitoring and mathematical modeling of population genetics.

Selected Publications

Gabel, JM, EE Dakin, BJ Freeman, BA Porter. 2008. Isolation and identification of nine microsatellite loci in the Cherokee darter (Etheostoma scotti) and their variability in other members of the genera Etheostoma, Ammocrypta, and Percina. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8(1):149-151.

Dakin, EE, and JC Avise. 2004. Microsatellite null alleles in parentage analysis. Heredity 93:504-509.

Fletcher, DE, EE Dakin, BA Porter, and JC Avise. 2004. Spawning behavior and genetic parentage in the pirate perch (Aphredoderus sayanus), a fish with an enigmatic reproductive morphology. Copeia 2004(1): 1-10.

Avise, JC, AG Jones, D Walker, JA DeWoody, B Dakin, A Fiumera, D Fletcher, M Mackiewicz, B Porter, and D Wilkins. 2002. Microsatellite profiles of the genetic mating systems and reproductive natural histories of fishes. Annual Review of Genetics, 36: 19-45.