Faculty profile

Nicholas M Sard

Assistant Professor


333 Shineman Center

Office hours

Tuesdays 11 AM to 12 PM and Thursdays 1-2 PM


I am an evolutionary ecologist that is broadly interested in the evolution of life history traits, demography, and conservation. My lab works with state and federal agencies to apply genetics-based approaches when answering questions relevant to species of conservation concern. My career has focused on studying aquatic species, many of which reside in the Great Lakes basin.  

Specialty areas:

  • molecular ecology
  • conservation biology
  • bioinformatics


Sard, N.M., S. Smith, J. Homola, J. Kanefsky, G. Bravener, J. Adams, C. Holbrook, P. Hrodey, K. Tallon, and K.T. Scribner. 2020. RAPTURE (RAD Capture) panel facilitates characterization of Sea Lamprey Reproductive Ecology and Movement Dynamics. Ecology and Evolution 10.3: 1469-1488.

Weise, E.M., N.M. Sard, and K.T. Scribner. 2020. Adaptive genetic management: assessing the benefits of translocations. Conservation Genetics Jan 24:1-1.

Hunter, R.D., E.F. Roseman, N.M. Sard, R.L. DeBruyen, Jinliang Wang, and K.T. Scribner. 2020. Genetic family reconstruction characterizes Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) use of newly constructed spawning habitat and larval dispersal. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Hunter, R.D., E.F. Roseman, N.M. Sard, D.B. Hayes, T.O. Brenden, R.L. DeBruyen, and K.T. Scribner. 2020. Egg and Larval Collection Methods Affect Spawning Adult Numbers Inferred by Pedigree Analysis. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 40(2), 307-319.

Sard, N.M., J. Robinson., S. Herbst, J. Kanefsky, and K.T. Scribner. 2019. Comparison of fish detections, community diversity, and relative abundance using environmental DNA metabarcoding and traditional gears.  Environmental DNA 1:368–384.

Bartron, M.L., N.M. Sard, and K.T. Scribner. 2017. Evaluation of inbreeding effective size and coancestry among commonly used hatchery mating strategies. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 147:185-194.

Sard, N.M., D.P., Jacobson, and M.A., Banks. 2016. Grandparentage assignments identify unexpected adfluvial life history tactic contributing offspring to a reintroduced population. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 6773-6783.

Sard, N.M., M.A., Johnson, D.P., Jacobson, M.J., Hogansen, K.G., O’Malley and M.A., Banks. 2016. Genetic monitoring guides adaptive management of a migratory fish reintroduction. Animal Conservation. 19: 570-577.

Evans, M.L., S.J., Shry, D.P., Jacobson, N.M. Sard, and K.G., O'Malley. 2015.  Functional gene diversity and migration timing in reintroduced Chinook salmon. Conservation Genetics, 16(6): 1455-1464.

Sard, N.M., K.G, O’Malley, D.P, Jacobson, M.J., Hogansen, M.A., Johnson, and M.A., Banks. 2015. Factors influencing spawner success in a spring Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) reintroduction program. Canadian 


  • Ph.D. in Fisheries Science, Oregon State University, 2016
  • M.S. in Biology, State University of New York at Fredonia, 2011
  • B.S. in Biology, State University of New York at Fredonia, 2009