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R. John Nelson

Centre for Biomedical Research
University of Victoria,
PO Box 3020 STN CSC,
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3N5
Phone: 250-472-4072
Fax: 250-472-4075
jnelson ^at^ uvic ^dot^ ca

Dr. John Nelsonis an independent investigator based in the Koop lab.

Research Interests

My research focuses on molecular population genetics of a variety of species. We are currently working on the genetics of salmon, marine copepods, Atlantic cod, and white sturgeon. In these projects, molecular genetics is used to evaluate genetic diversity and population structure. Depending on the context of the research, information gained is used to explore questions of biogeography or for applications in conservation and fishery management.


  • Introductory Biochemistry (Bioc 200)
  • Conservation Biology (Biology 370)
  • Molecular Evolution (Biology 435)


  1. R. R. Hopcroft, C. Clarke, R. J. Nelson , K. A. Raskoff. 2005. Zooplankton Communities of the Arctic's Canada Basin: the contribution of smaller taxa. Polar Biology 28, 198-206.


  2. M. A. Cronin, R. Shideler, L. Waits, R. J. Nelson . 2005 Genetic variation and relatedness in grizzly bears ( Ursus arctos ) in the Prudhoe Bay region and adjacent areas in northern Alaska. Ursus 16: 70-84.


  3. T.E. Reimchen, R.J. Nelson , and C.T. Smith. Estimating deer colonization rates to offshore islands of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, using microsatellite DNA markers (in press).Canadian Wildlife Service Occasional Papers Series, Ottawa.


  4. R. J. Nelson , M. Stoehr, G. Cooper, C. Smith, H. Mehl. 2003. High levels of chloroplast genetic variation differentiate coastal and interior Douglas fir ( Pseudotsuga menziesii ) lineages in southern British Columbia.. Forest Genetics 10, 153-157.


  5. R. J. Nelson , C. C. Wood, G. Cooper, C. Smith and B. Koop. 2003. Population structure of sockeye salmon of the central coast of British Columbia: Implications for recovery planning. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23, 703-720.


  6. T. Beacham, J. Candy, J. Supernault, M. Wetklo, B. Deagle, K. Labaree, J. Irvine, K. Miller, R. J Nelson , R. Withler. 2003. Evaluation and application of microsatellites for population identification of Fraser River chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Fishery Bulletin 101, 243-259.


  7. T. Beacham, K. J. Supernault, , M. Wetklo, B. Deagle, L. Labaree, J. Irvine, J. Candy, K. Miller, R. J Nelson , R. Withler. 2003. The geographic basis for population structure in Fraser River chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Fishery Bulletin 101, 229-242.


  8. R. J. Nelson . 2003. Balanced Polymorphism. In Genetics , R.
    Robinson ed. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. vol. 1, pp. 45-46.


  9. R. J. Nelson . 2003. Gene Flow. In Genetics , R. Robinson ed. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. vol. 2, pp. 70-71. </font></p>


  10. R. J. Nelson . 2003. Genetic Drift. In Genetics , R. Robinson ed. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. vol. 2, pp. 94-96.


  11. R. J. Nelson . 2003. Polymorphism. In Genetics , R. Robinson ed. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. vol. 3, pp. 159-163.


  12. R. J. Nelson . 2003. Speciation. In Genetics , R. Robinson ed. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. vol. 4, pp. 91-93.</font></p>


  13. R. J. Nelson , Glenn Cooper, Trent Garner and Pamela Schnupf. 2002. Polymorphic markers for the sea cucumber Parastichopus californicus Molecular Ecology Notes 2, 233-235.


  14. C. T. Smith, R. J. Nelson , S. Pollard, E. Rubidge, S. McKay, J. Rodzen, B. May, B. Koop. 2002. Population genetic analysis of white sturgeon. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 18, 307-312.


  15. T. W. J. Garner, P. T. Gregory, G. F. McCracken, G. M. Burghardt, B. F. Koop, S. E. Houts and R. J. Nelson . 2002. Geographic variation of multiple paternity in the common garter snake ( Thamnophis sirtalis ). Copeia 1 , 15-23.


  16. C. T. Smith, R. J. Nelson , C. C. Wood and B. Koop. 2001. Glacial biogeography of North American coho salmon ( Oncorhynchus kisutch ). Molecular Ecology 10, 2775-2785.


  17. R. J. Nelson , M. P. Small, T. D. Beacham, and K. J. Supernault. 2001. Use of microsatellite DNA markers to determine population substructure of populations of chinook salmon ( Oncorhynchus tshawytscha ) within the Fraser River watershed, British Columbia, Canada. Fishery Bulletin 99, 94-107.


  18. R. E. Withler, K. D. Le, R. J. Nelson , K. M. Miller, and T. D. Beacham. 2000. Intact genetic structure and high levels of genetic diversity in bottlenecked sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka , populations of the Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 57, 1985-1998.


  19. R. J. Nelson and T. D. Beacham. 1999. Isolation and cross species amplification of microsatellite loci useful for study of Pacific salmon. Animal Genetics 33, 228-229.


  20. McKinnell, S. M., C. C Wood , M. Lapointe, J. C. Woodey, K. E. Kostow, R. J. Nelson , K. D. Hyatt. 1998. Reviewing the evidence that adult sockeye salmon strayed from the Fraser River and spawned in other rivers in 1997. North Pacific Marine Science Organization Symposium Report 10, 73-75.


  21. C. T. Smith, B. F. Koop, and R. J. Nelson . 1998. Isolation and characterization of coho salmon ( Oncorhynchus kisutch ) microsatellites and their use in other salmonids. Molecular Ecology 7, 1614-1615.


  22. R. J. Nelson , T. D. Beacham and M. P. Small. 1998. Microsatellite analysis of the population structure of a Vancouver Island sockeye salmon ( Oncorhynchus nerka ) stock complex using non-denaturing gel electrophoresis. Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnology 7, 312-319.


  23. T. Beacham, L. Margolis, and R. J. Nelson. 1998. A comparison of methods of population identification for sockeye salmon ( Oncorhynchus nerka ) in Barkley Sound British Columbia. North Pacific. Anadromous Fishery Committee Bulletin 1, 227- 239.


  24. M. P. Small, T. D. Beacham, R. E. Withler and R.J. Nelson. 1998. Discrimination of coho salmon ( Oncorhynchus kisutch ) populations within the Fraser River, British Columbia using microsatellite DNA markers. Molecular Ecology 7, 141-155.


  25. A. Honlinger, P. Keil, R. J. Nelson , E. A.Craig and N. Pfanner. 1995. Posttranslational mitochondrial import in a homologous yeast in vitro system. Biol. Chem. Hoppe-Seyler 376, 515-519.


  26. E. A. Craig, T. Zieglehoffer, R. J. Nelson , S. Laloraya, J. Halladay. 1995. Diverse functions of the yeast Hsp70 multigene family. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology LX, 441-449.


  27. R. J. Nelson and E. A. Craig. 1994. The SSA family of yeast hsp70. Guidebook to the Secretory Pathway , J. Rothblatt, P. Novick and T. Stevens, eds. Oxford University Press, New York.


  28. E. A. Craig, D. Gambill, and R. J. Nelson . 1993. Heat shock proteins: molecular chaperones of protein biogenesis. Microbiological Reviews 57 , 402-414.


  29. R. J. Nelson , M. F. P Heschel, and E. A. Craig. 1992. Isolation and characterization of extragenic suppressors of mutations in the SSA hsp70 genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae . Genetics 131, 277-285.


  30. R. J. Nelson , T. Zieglehoffer, C. M. Nicolet, M. Werner-Washburne and E. A. Craig 1992. The translation machinery and 70 kd heatshock protein cooperate in protein synthesis. Cell 71, 97-105.


  31. R. J. Nelson and E. A. Craig. 1992. TCP1, a new molecular chaperone. Current Biology 2, 487-489.


  32. N. H. Andersen, H. L. Eaton, K. T. Nguyen, C. Hartzell, R. J. Nelson and J. H. Priest. 1988. 2D NMR studies of aminoglycoside antibiotics. Use of relayed coherence transfer for 1 H resonance assignment and in situ structure elucidation of amikacin derivatives in reaction mixtures. Biochemistry 27, 2782-2790.


  33. J. H. Priest, S. L. Murray, R. J. Nelson and A. S. Hoffman. 1987. Lower critical solution temperatures of aqueous copolymers of N-isopropyl acrylamide and other N-substituted acrylamides. American Chemical Society Symposium Series 350, 255-264.


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