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Research Program

I am interested in functional molecular population genetics and genomics. I have been looking at interesting areas of the Sebastes genome for insight into adaptation and speciation processes, and working with colleagues on the genetic basis for negligible senescense in rockfishes.  I am interested in application of Next Generation sequencing to studies in ecology and evolution.  I am the coordinator of a network of faculty who teach at primarily undergraduate institutions with similar interests ( and are dedicated to improving undergraduate education by using raw sequence as an educational catalyst for active teaching approaches.  I am the program director of an HHMI funded project, "The Genomics Leadership Initiative at Juniata College."




Introductory Biology Laboratory

Advanced Genetics

Ecological Genetics

Genetics Laboratory


Current and Past Research Students

Ben Fowler

Andrea Waksmunski

Kate Shelledy

Cassy Wisyanski

Tiffany Tran

Neal Rodgers

Alex Sickler

Amanda Epstien

Erin Royer

Alex Weimer

John Whitehead

Caitlyn Bowman

Megan Zerba

Andrea Burton

Ashton Bunce

John Cagino

Kristine Karkoska

Tom Evans

Travis Deptola

Kate Martucci

Andrew Loveitt

Brian Markovich

Steven Gregory
Josh Hatch

Steve Beck

Katey Glunt

Heather Hassel

Amy Mullen

Jason Shiring

Debby Mensch

Amy Skibiel

Robin Koval

Jennifer Mikula



 (*Undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. Student Author)

Buonaccorsi VP, Peterson M, Lamendella G, Newman J, Trun N, Tobin T, Aguilar A, Hunt

A, Praul C,Grove D, Roney J, Roberts W. 2014. Vision and Change through the Genome Consortium on Active Teaching using Next-Generation Sequencing (GCAT-SEEK). CBE-Life Sciences Education. Vol. 13, 1–2.

Lewand KO, Hyde JR, Buonaccorsi VP, and Lea RN. 2013.  Orange coloration in a black-and-yellow rockfish (Sebastes chrysomelas) from central California.  California Fish and Game Journal. 99(4):237-239. 

Buonaccorsi VP,  Raybuck* B. 2012. Development of EST-SSR PCR primers within three North Pacific rockfishes of the genus Sebastes. Conservation Genetics Resources.  DOI. 10.1007/s12686-012-9742-2


Buonaccorsi VP, Kimbrell C, Lynn E. Hyde J In Press. Comparative population genetic analysis of bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis using anonymous and gene-associated simple sequence repeat loci.  Journal of Heredity 103:391-399


Buonaccorsi VP, Michael D. Boyle, Deborah Grove, Craig Praul, Eric Sakk, Ash Stuart, Tammy Tobin, Jay Hosler, Susan L. Carney, Michael J. Engle, Barry E. Overton, Jeffrey D. Newman, Marie Pizzorno, Jennifer R. Powell, Nancy Trun.  2011.  GCAT-SEEKquence: Genome Consortium for Active Teaching of undergraduates through increased faculty access to next-generation-sequencing data. CBE Life Sciences Education: Winter Issue


Buonaccorsi VP, Narum SR, Karkoska* SA, Gregory* S, Deptola* T, Weimer* AB. 2011. Characterization of a genomic divergence island between black-and-yellow and gopher Sebastes rockfishes. Molecular Ecology 20: 2603–2618.


Buonaccorsi, V. P., A. Bunce*, C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, J. Hyde. 2011.  Development of metabolic-process EST-SSR PCR primers within the bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis. Conservation Genetics Resources. 3: 475-477.

Rosenberry, C., H. Hassel-Finnegan*, E. Long, V. Buonaccorsi, D. Diefenbach, B. Wallingford.  2009.  Lack of Mother–Offspring Relationships in White-Tailed Deer Capture Groups. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73:357-361.

Johansson, M. M. Banks, K. Glunt*, H. Hassel-Finnegan*, VP Buonaccorsi. 2008. Influence of habitat discontinuity, geographic distance, and oceanography on fine-scale population genetic structure of copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus). Molecular Ecology 17: 3051-3061.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, R. Vetter. 2005.  Limited realized dispersal and introgressive hybridization influence genetic structure and conservation strategies for brown rockfish, Sebastes auriculatus.  Conservation Genetics 6: 697-713.

M. Westerman, Buonaccorsi, V. P., J. Stannard*, L. Galver*, C. Taylor*, E. Lynn,C. Kimbrell, R. Vetter.  2005. Cloning and characterization of novel microsatellite DNA markers for the grass rockfish, Sebastes rastrelliger, and cross-species amplification in 10 related Sebastes sppMolecular Ecology Notes 5: 74-76.

Buonaccorsi, V. P. and A. Skibiel*.  2005. A striking demonstration of the Poisson distribution. Teaching Statistics 27(1): 8-10.

Narum*, S. R., V. P. Buonaccorsi, C. A. Kimbrell, R. D. Vetter.  2004. Genetic divergence between Gopher Rockfish (Sebastes carnatus) and Black and Yellow Rockfish (S. chrysomelas). Copeia 4: 926-931

Buonaccorsi, V. P., M. Westerman, J. Stannard*, C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, R. Vetter.  2004. Molecular genetic structure suggests limited larval dispersal within grass rockfish Sebastes rastrelliger. Marine Biology 145:779-788

Buonaccorsi, V. P., C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, R. Vetter.  2002. Population structure in copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus) reflects post-glacial colonization and contemporary patterns of larval dispersal.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 1374-1384.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., J. McDowell, and J. E. Graves. 2001. Reconciling patterns of inter-ocean molecular variance from four classes of molecular markers in blue marlin Makaira nigricans. Molecular Ecology 10: 1179-1196.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., E. Starkey*, and J. E. Graves.  2001. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analysis of population subdivision among young-of-the-year Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) from the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.  Marine Biology 138:37-45.

Buonaccorsi, V. P. and J. E. Graves.  2000.  Isolation and characterization of novel  polymorphic tetra-nucleotide microsatellite markers from the blue marlin, Makaira  nigricans  Molecular Ecology 9: 820-821.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., L. Morgan, K. S. Reece, and J. E. Graves.  1999.  Geographic  distribution of  molecular variance within blue marlin Makaira  nigricans :  A  hierarchical analysis of allozyme, single copy nuclear DNA, and mitochondrial  DNA markers. Evolution 53: 568-579.

Buonaccorsi, V. P.  1998.  Comparative evolution of molecular markers:  An analysis of genetic variation within the blue marlin (Makaira nigricans).  Dissertation.  College of William and Mary.  Williamsburg, VA.


Interests and Hobbies


(Giant) Pumpkin Growing   



Andrew Buonaccorsi and James Buonaccorsi


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Vincent Buonaccorsi

601 17th St.

Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: 814-641-3579

Fax: 814-641-3685