I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Marine Mammal Institute working with Dr. Scott Baker to develop a method that uses DNA methylation data to determine the age of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. I am also a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar studying distributional shifts in Arctic fish species.
I hold a PhD from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. My dissertation research focused on what happens to a species' genome during a geographic range expansion. When a species invades or colonizes a new area (and in doing so, expands its range), a number of forces are at work that can change the genetics of that species. These forces include natural selection and genetic drift, which when really strong is called allele surfing. My work looked for evidence of these forces in two marine invasive species: the lionfish Pterois volitans and the Asian shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus.
After completing my dissertation and prior to moving to Oregon, I lived in Washington, DC, where I worked in the Office of International Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.
My research is built on my interests in molecular ecology, evolution, climate change, epigenetics, population genetics, and spatial dynamics of marine populations.
You can learn more about my research here: http://www.eleanorbors.com/
Bors E.K., Herrera S., Morris J.A., & Shank T.M. (2017) Population Genomics of Rapidly Invading Lionfish in the Caribbean Reveals Signals of Range Expansion in the Absence of Spatial Population Structure. bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/291666. Link to preprint.
Bors E.K. & S. Solomon (2013) How a nested framework illuminates the challenges of comparative environmental analysis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (19): 7531-7532. Link to article.
Raineault N.A., P.A. Ramey-Balci, T.M. Shank, E.K. Bors, Duman M., Ürkmez D., & S. Tüzün (2013) Exploration of the Anaximander Mountains: Mud Volcanoes, Cold-Seep Communities, and Cold water Corals. Oceanography 26(1) supplement: 30-35. Link to Oceanography supplement.
Bors E.K., A.A Rowden, E.W. Maas, M.R. Clark & T.M. Shank (2012) Patterns of Deep-Sea Genetic Connectivity in the New Zealand Region: Implications for Management of Benthic Ecosystems. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49474. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049474. Link to article.
Ma M., E.K. Bors, E.S. Dickinson, M.A. Kwiatkowski, G.L. Sousa, R.P. Henry, C.M. Smith, D.W. Towle, A.E. Christie & L.J. Li (2009) Characterization of the Carcinus maenas neuropeptidome by mass spectrometry and functional genomics. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 161 (3): 320-334
Ma M., R.B. Chen , G.L. Sousa, E.K. Bors, M.A. Kwiatkowski, C.C Goiney, M.F. Goy, A.E. Christie & L.J. Li (2008) Mass spectral characterization of peptide transmitters/hormones in the nervous system and neuroendocrine organs of the American lobster Homarus americanus. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 156 (2): 395-409