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Kellie Carim

Kellie Carim collecting an eDNA sample

Aquatic Research Ecologist and Tribal Liaison

National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation
800 E. Beckwith Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
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Professional Experience

Ph.D. Fish and Wildlife Biology, University of Montana
to 2013

B.A. Biology, Carleton College
to 2006


Robinson, Anthony T.; Paroz, Yvette M.; Clement, Matthew J.; Franklin, Thomas; Dysthe, Joseph; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Carim, Kellie, 2019. Environmental DNA sampling of small-bodied minnows: Performance relative to location, species, and traditional sampling
Carim, Kellie; Dysthe, Joseph; McLellan, Holly; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2019. Using environmental DNA sampling to monitor the invasion of nonnative Esox lucius (northern pike) in the Columbia River basin, USA
Franklin, Thomas; Dysthe, Joseph; Rubenson, Erika S.; Carim, Kellie; Olden, Julian D.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2018. A non-invasive sampling method for detecting non-native smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)
Franklin, Thomas; Dysthe, Joseph; Golden, Michael; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Hossack, Blake R.; Carim, Kellie; Tait, Cynthia; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2018. Inferring presence of the western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) species complex using environmental DNA
Dysthe, Joseph; Carim, Kellie; Franklin, Thomas; Kikkert, Dave; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2018. Molecular detection of northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei) DNA in environmental samples
Dysthe, Joseph; Rodgers, Torrey; Franklin, Thomas; Carim, Kellie; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Mock, Karen E.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2018. Repurposing environmental DNA samples: Detecting the western pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) as a proof of concept
Wilcox, T. M.; Carim, Kellie; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Franklin, Thomas; Schwartz, Michael K., 2018. The importance of sound methodology in environmental DNA sampling
Carim, Kellie; Dysthe, Joseph; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2017. A noninvasive tool to assess the distribution of Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) in the Columbia River basin
Dysthe, Joseph; Carim, Kellie; Ruggles, Michael; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2017. Environmental DNA assays for the sister taxa aauger (Sander canadensis) and walleye (Sander vitreus)
Carim, Kellie; Vindenes, Y.; Eby, L. A.; Barfoot, C.; Vollestad, L. A., 2017. Life history, population viability, and the potential for local adaptation in isolated trout populations
Carim, Kellie; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Wilcox, Taylor M.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. A protocol for collecting environmental DNA samples from streams
Padgett-Stewart, Ticha M.; Wilcox, Taylor M.; Carim, Kellie; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. An eDNA assay for river otter detection: A tool for surveying a semi-aquatic mammal
Carim, Kellie; Dysthe, Joseph; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. An environmental DNA assay for detecting Arctic grayling in the upper Missouri River basin, North America
Carim, Kellie; Wilcox, T. M.; Anderson, M.; Lawrence, D.; Young, Michael K.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. An environmental DNA marker for detecting nonnative brown trout (Salmo trutta)
Young, Michael K.; Isaak, Daniel J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Wilcox, Taylor M.; Bingham, Daniel M.; Pilgrim, Kristine L.; Carim, Kellie; Campbell, Matthew R.; Corsi, Matthew P.; Horan, Dona; Nagel, David E.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. Climate, demography, and zoogeography predict introgression thresholds in salmonid hybrid zones in Rocky Mountain streams
Carim, Kellie; Christianson, K. R.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Pate, W. M.; Silver, D. B.; Johnson, B. M.; Galloway, B. T.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. Environmental DNA marker development with sparse biological information: A case study on opossum shrimp (Mysis diluviana)
Dysthe, Joseph; Carim, Kellie; Paroz, Yvette M.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. Quantitative PCR assays for detecting loach minnow (Rhinichthys cobitis) and spikedace (Meda fulgida) in the southwestern United States
McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Knotek, W. L.; Carim, Kellie; Wilcox, T. M.; Padgett-Stewart, T. M.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2016. Sampling large geographic areas for rare species using environmental DNA: A study of bull trout Salvelinus confluentus occupancy in western Montana
Wilcox, Taylor M.; Carim, Kellie; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Young, Michael K.; Schwartz, Michael K., 2015. The dual challenges of generality and specificity when developing environmental DNA markers for species and subspecies of Oncorhynchus
Effective conservation and management decisions for habitats require information about the distribution of multiple species but such data is expensive to obtain; this often limits data collection to just a few, high-profile species. Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling can be more sensitive, and less expensive, than traditional sampling for aquatic species, and a single sample potentially contains DNA from all species present in a waterbody. Cost-savings accrue if eDNA collected for detecting a particular species can be repurposed to detect additional species. This study tested the feasibility of repurposing and re-analyzing already collected samples.   
The website provides: 1) A large list of supporting science behind eDNA sampling. 2) The recommended field protocol for eDNA sampling and the equipment loan program administered by the NGC. 3) A systematically-spaced sampling grid for all flowing waters of the U.S. in a downloadable format that includes unique database identifiers and geographic coordinates for all sampling sites. Available for download in an Geodatabase or available by ArcGIS Online map. This sampling grid can be used to determine your field collection sites to contribute. 4) The lab results of eDNA sampling at those sites where project partners have agreed to share data.

RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems