My broad research interests are focused in population genetics and phylogeography with an application towards conservation biology. I am particularly interested in using my background of reduced representation genomic techniques, eDNA surveillance, and bioinformatics to apply management plans for both invasive and imperiled species.
Publications:

2019 - Bracco A., Liu G., Galaska M.P., Quattrini A.M., Herrera S. Integrating physical circulation models and genetic approaches to investigate population connectivity in deep-sea corals. Journal of Marine Systems. doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2019.103189

2019 - Whelan N.V., Galaska M.P., Sipley B.N., Weber J., Johson P.D., Halanych K.M., Helms B.H. Riverscape genetic variation, migration patterns, and morphological variation of the threatened Round Rocksnail, Leptoxis ampla. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.15032

2019 - Galaska M.P., Li Y., Kocot K.M., Mahon A.R., Halanych, K.M. Conservation of mitochondrial genome arrangements in brittle stars (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 130: 115-120. doi: 10.1016/J.YMPEV.2018.10.002

2018 - Collins E.E., Galaska M.P., Halanych K.M., Mahon A.R. Population genomics of Nymphon austral Hodgson 1902 (Pycnogonida, Nymphonidae) in the Western Antarctic. Biol. Bull. 130: 115-120. doi: 10.1016/J.YMPEV.2018.10.002 https://doi.org/10.1086/698691

2018 - Resh CA, Galaska M.P., Mahon A.R. Genomic analyses of Northern snakehead (Channa argus) populations in North America. PeerJ, 6:e4581https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4581

2018 - Galaska M.P.*, Hammerman N.M.*, Rivera-Vicens R.E.*,  Weil E., Appledoorn R.S, Alfaro M., Schizas N.V.  Population connectivity of the plating coral, Agaricia lamarcki from southwest Puerto Rico. Coral Reefs, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1646-x.  *These authors contributed equally.

2017- Galaska M.P., Sands C.J., Santos S.R., Mahon A.R., Halanych K.M. Crossing the divide: Admixture across the Antarctic Polar Front revealed by the brittle star Astrotoma agassiziiBiological Bulletin,  232:198-211

2017-Galaska M.P., Sands C.J., Santos S.R., Mahon A.R., Halanych K.M. Geographic structure in the Southern Ocean circumpolar brittle star Ophionotus victoriae (Ophiuridae) revealed from mtDNA and single nucleotide polymorphism data. Ecology and Evolution, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2617/epdf

2013-Mahon, A. R., Jerde, C. L., Galaska, M.P., Bergner, J. L., Chadderton, W. L., Lodge, D. M., Nico, L. G. Validation of eDNA Surveillance Sensitivity for Detection of Asian Carps in Controlled and Field Experiments. PLoS ONE, 8(3), 1–6. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058316

Research Presentations:

2019-SICB, Galaska, M.P., Liu, G., Bracco, A., Quattrini, A.M., Etnoyer, P., Herrera, S. Comparing patterns of connectivity for mesophotic and deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico

2017-COSAM Interdisciplinary Collogquium, Galaska, M.P. Crossing barriers: Admixture revealed across the Antarctic Polar Front in brittle star (Astrotoma agassizii) phylogeography.

2017-SICB, Galaska, M.P. Sands C.J., Santos S.R., Mahon A.R., Halanych K.M. Crossing the divide: Impact of an open ocean barrier on brittle star (Astrotoma agassizii) phylogeography

2016-SCAR, Galaska, M.P. Sands C.J., Santos S.R., Mahon A.R., Halanych K.M. Resolving phylogeography of endemic circumpolar Southern Ocean brittle star Ophionotus victoriae.

2016-SICB, Galaska, M.P.; Mahon, A.R.; Sands, C.J.; Halanych, K.M. Comparative phylogeography of Antarctic ophiuroids Ophionotus victoriae and Astrotoma agassizii.

2015-SICB, Galaska, M.P.; Mahon, A.R.; Sands, C.J.; Halanych, K.M. Genetic Connectivity of Antarctic Circumpolar Brittle Stars Ophionotus victoraie and Astrotoma agassizii.

Grants and Awards:

2018 - Significant Contributor – NOAA OER, NA18OAR0110289 ($456,983)

2018 - Deep-Sea Biological Society Dive Deeper Research Bursary (£1,000)

2016  - Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics Travel award: ($250)

2016 - AntEco Early Career Researcher Grant for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference: ($1,000)

2013 - Friday Harbor Labs Travel Grant ($1,500)

2013 - Auburn University Cellular and Molecular Biology National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program: GRA 1/3 Time ($5,400)

2013 - Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics Travel award: ($350)