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Hello, my name is Miluska Olivera Hyde and I’m a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. I’m co-advised by Dr. Eric Hallerman and Dr. Jess Jones.

I use molecular markers to identify species belonging to the freshwater mussel genera Fusconaia and Pleurobema. In addition, my project aims to assess population genetics and phylogenetics of the species belonging to these genera in the Green River, Kentucky.