I am a conservation biologist and geneticist in the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., USA. I am also a Leading Researcher in the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics at Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I use genetic and genomic methods to understand the patterns and processes of divergence among genes, populations, and species. My current research is focused on developing and applying state-of-the-art genomic data and tools to address the conservation and management of captive and wild populations of endangered species of mammals. I am especially interested in using data and results obtained from genetic or genomic studies in enhancing or transforming management and policies related to endangered species preservation. I am also interested in the comparative genomics of the mammalian order Carnivora (dogs, cats, bears, seals and their kin). I am also strongly invested in leveraging genome data to develop innovative tools for biomonitoring population responses to environmental stresses and disturbances, with research focused on genes and genetic pathways associated with reproductive biology and fertility. I also serve on the council of the Genome 10K Consortium, which aims to generate and assemble the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species.