Anne was raised in Rhode Island and earned an A.B. in Biology with honors from Harvard University. She began her career as a fishery analyst at the New England Fishery Management Council, where she saw firsthand that the necessary ingredients for good decision-making are not only the best available science, but relationship-building, communication, and trust. This early experience in fisheries policy informs her work today. Anne went on to earn a Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington and completed a postdoc at the University of Washington and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. She held a faculty position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Juneau from 2012 to 2020. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
Anne and her team conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research to understand how fisheries social-ecological systems and coastal communities respond and adapt to environmental, regulatory, and social change. We draw approaches and perspectives from diverse knowledge systems and disciplines, including fisheries science, ecology, anthropology, and geography. Major research foci include: responses of marine and estuarine fishes and ecological communities to environmental drivers; harvesters’ perceptions of and responses to environmental and regulatory change; stewardship and community engagement in fishery management and conservation; and resource portfolios and resilience of fisheries systems.
♦ GRADUATE STUDENTS
Catalina has had a biphasic life history. During her larval stage, she moved from Florida to Washington, where she earned a B.A. in Biology and Fine Art from Whitman College in 2018. She conducted her thesis research on marine protected area effectiveness for commercial fin-fish species in the Turks and Caicos Islands. After graduating, she worked as a scuba guide in Australia and outdoor instructor in New Zealand. She has since settled in the Pacific Northwest. Initially, she worked two seasons at Trout Unlimited in northeastern Oregon, leading stream restoration and land stewardship projects. She then decided to continue her education and pursue an interdisciplinary career in fisheries management. Catalina is currently working towards a M.M.A. at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Her thesis work focuses on the impacts of changing thermal conditions on groundfish food web structure in the Gulf of Alaska. This project aims to help inform fisheries managers within the context of a rapidly changing climate.
Gabi earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara and started her career with the National Park Service in Yosemite, where she monitored amphibian populations and restored remote alpine aquatic habitats. Gabi’s passion for coastal conservation and community engagement led her to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where she worked on western pond turtle reintroduction and coho salmon jumpstart programs, marine and freshwater species monitoring, and interpretive education for the public. Gabi is now pursuing a M.M.A. degree at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs through the courses-only track. She is dedicated to making the conservation field more equitable, diverse, and inclusive and has worked collaboratively to develop and lead discussions surrounding this issue. Currently, Gabi is part of a network of aquatic scientists participating in the American Fisheries Society’s Climate Ambassador Program, which focuses on effective climate change communication.
Ellie has been a lifelong lover of all things coastal, having spent most of her life turning over rocks in the intertidal zone and climbing the mountains of Acadia in Maine where she grew up. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Smith College where she specialized in marine and fisheries studies. During undergrad, she spent summers doing marine mammal research from Mount Desert Island, ME, to Cape May, NJ, and fisheries research with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Prior to graduate school, Ellie worked as an Island Fellow for the Island Institute in Tenants Harbor, ME, where she built an after school program from the ground up that focuses on outdoor learning. At the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Ellie is pursuing research centered around small scale fisheries networks from Alaska to Maine and how fishing communities are adapting to environmental and social change.
Growing up in Puget Sound, Alana discovered her love for marine systems and organisms through tide-pooling and reading Sylvia Earle’s books. This inspired Alana to pursue and complete a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Washington in 2020. Alana worked primarily with invertebrates and fish at Friday Harbor Laboratories as an undergraduate. There, Alana researched marine hatchetfish and described the jaw morphology and feeding mode of species within the Sternoptychidae family. After graduating, Alana volunteered for the Endangered Species Coalition, where she worked to advocate for the Southern Resident Killer Whales through social media awareness and boater safety. In 2021, Alana started the Master’s program in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, where she is completing a capstone project with team member Rory Spurr to develop an app using NOAA fisheries permitting data to assist in data visualization and science communication. The purpose of this project is to make permitting data on ESA-listed species more accessible to the public so that researchers, stakeholders, and agencies can visualize active permits and to provide more transparency in the permitting process.
Emma grew up in Massachusetts and earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Anthropology from Wellesley College. After graduating she spent time working at a NOAA research salmon hatchery in Southeast Alaska, assisting with spawning and caring for Chinook salmon, as well as with research on their population ecology. Since then, she has worked as a marine science instructor for an outdoor education program on Santa Catalina Island, teaching kids about the wonders of the ocean. She feels passionately that the ocean is a place everyone should be able to access and enjoy. She is excited to be pursing her Master’s in Marine Affairs, where her thesis examines the relationships between small-scale commercial fishers and management agencies in Alaska. She is happiest when in a kelp forest, eating Thai food, or looking in tide pools.
Rory earned his B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington in 2020, after which he began working in the private sector researching sustainable and effective fish passage solutions. After working for a year, he began his time at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in pursuit of an M.M.A. degree in the fall of 2021. In January 2022, he joined the Coastal Fisheries Ecology Lab and began work on a capstone project with team member Alana Santana that seeks to summarize ESA-listed fish species research and permitting on the West Coast using a public facing app developed in the R package Shiny. In general, Rory is interested in working in a fisheries management role, specifically in the intersection between science and policy.
♦ FORMER STUDENTS AND TECHNICIANS
Graduate Student Advisees – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Veronica is a born and raised Jersey girl. She earned her undergraduate degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University in New York. She discovered her passion for wildlife research during the summer between her junior and senior years, when she was a research intern for Wildlife Trust, investigating the overall health of black-crowned night herons living in the New York Harbor. Her undergrad mentor offered her a position on a project in Alaska the following year, and although she had never really considered Alaska before, she was ready for adventure and accepted the offer. It was perhaps the best decision she could have made, because she has not left Alaska since. In her 10 years since moving to Alaska she has earned her Master’s degree in fisheries and is currently pursuing her PhD. Her Master’s research investigated the genetic relationships of least cisco, a whitefish species that is broadly distributed across Alaska. Her PhD research investigates the impacts of plastic marine debris on food webs in the Bering Sea. She is also currently the Science Education and Communication Specialist for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office, where she helps coordinate science programs for students. She believes anyone can be a scientist, and she hopes that by spreading her love and passion for all things science, she can make the field more accessible to everyone.
Nina grew up in Colorado and earned a B.A. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from Colorado College in 2017. She spent a summer in the San Juan Islands, Washington, studying the diet of juvenile Chinook salmon, and this work inspired a love of coastal ecosystems. Nina then worked as a research assistant for the Coastal Fisheries Ecology Lab from June through December of 2017, beach seining in the summer and analyzing the gut contents of staghorn sculpin in the fall and winter. After indulging her love of books and bookstores by working in a Juneau bookshop for several months, Nina decided to return to the sea, and joined the CFE Lab as a Master’s student in January 2019. She is investigating estuarine fish community composition and its variations along a spectrum of watersheds, from glacial to clearwater.
Jesse Gordon, MS Fisheries
Jesse completed a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont in 2017. As an undergraduate, Jesse spent a summer in Southcentral Alaska, where he supported a variety of ecological monitoring projects around the Kenai Peninsula and the Prince William Sound. Jesse continued onward from Alaska to Yellowstone National Park. He worked on gillnet vessels and conducted mobile acoustic telemetry surveys to identify lake trout spawning grounds in Yellowstone Lake. Jesse then headed to the Pacific Northwest to help connect youth in Western Washington to the outdoors. There, he witnessed the positive impact of engaging individuals and communities with the environment. Through his diverse experiences in fisheries biology and community outreach, he became inspired to seek out interdisciplinary research in the human dimensions of fisheries.
Jesse started his M.S. through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2018. Jesse’s research aims to address information gaps in the management of rockfishes in Alaska through the use of local ecological knowledge (LEK) in combination with scientific data from Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G). Additionally, Jesse hopes that his research will improve trust between local stakeholders and scientists, and will support a holistic and community-based approach to fisheries management in Alaska.
Matt grew up in Juneau and developed an interest in natural systems, which he pursued at the University of Montana, earning a B.A. in Ecological and Organismal Biology in 2009. After graduating, Matt worked at the Spatial Ecosystem Analysis Lab at University of Alaska Southeast, studying climate effects on tree growth, glacier-estuary dynamics, and goat behavior. He then worked at NOAA’s Auke Bay Lab in Juneau, studying fish energetics and other condition indices with a focus on Arctic forage fish and invertebrates. In 2017, Matt started the M.S. program in fisheries at UAF, where his research investigates the effects of temperature and prey quality on condition and growth of juvenile sablefish. This project aims to inform fisheries management on factors that influence juvenile survival for a commercially valuable species that has experienced low recruitment to the fishery in recent years.
Cheryl earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from San Diego State University in 2006. After traveling and working in the nonprofit sector for a few years, she began working on her M.S. in Fisheries and Conservation Biology at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). Her Master’s thesis evaluated growth, reproductive potential, and mortality of California halibut. In addition to developing estimates for the central California stock, she investigated biogeographic effects on California halibut life history and worked with agency scientists to incorporate her results into an upcoming stock assessment for this species. During her time at MLML, Cheryl also served as a program representative for California Sea Grant and lead scientist for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program.
In 2015, Cheryl began working on her PhD through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at University of Alaska Fairbanks. For her doctoral work, she developed an index of predation for walleye pollock and investigated resource partitioning between Pacific halibut and arrowtooth flounder to better inform the management of these economically important species. Cheryl began a postdoc at University of Washington and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in 2019. Website: https://cheryl-barnes.github.io/
Doug Duncan, MS Fisheries 2018
Doug completed a B.A. in Fisheries with a minor in Marine Science at UAF in December 2014. He worked as a research assistant in the Coastal Fisheries Ecology Lab from May to December 2014, examining the trophic ecology of estuarine fishes. Doug worked as a port sampler in Dutch Harbor and surveyed salmon streams in Sitka for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before rejoining the lab as a Master’s student. His MS research examined the impacts of nearshore fish predators on hatchery and wild salmon smolts. Doug began a position as a fishery management specialist at NOAA’s Alaska Regional Office in Juneau in fall 2018.
Maggie Chan, PhD Fisheries 2018
Maggie graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Environmental Biology. After being involved in diverse research worldwide, she was inspired by the profound need for increased research on human dimensions of marine systems. Maggie was an NSF-IGERT Graduate Fellow in the Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic (MESAS) Program at UAF. Her PhD research focused on the effects of regulations on fishing behavior and perceptions of management and ecological change among sport and subsistence halibut fishers. Maggie is a 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., working in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Rhea Ehresmann, MS Fisheries 2018
Rhea graduated in 2008 from the University of South Dakota with her B.S. in Biology and German. After college, Rhea moved to Sitka, AK, where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and worked as a deckhand on a 45-foot troller. Rhea has worked as a biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Sitka since 2010. She completed her MS through the ADF&G Graduate Studies Program and her graduate research focused on juvenile sablefish movement ecology in St. John Baptist Bay, just north of Sitka.
After receiving a B.S in Biology from Whitworth University, Emily worked with the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) in Everett, Washington. From Seattle, she moved to Juneau to work in the Beaudreau Lab as a research assistant on a project mapping the history of fishing in Puget Sound over the past 60 years. Emily stayed for a Master’s in fisheries, focusing on estuary food webs in southeast Alaska. She graduated in August 2016. Emily is working as an analyst at the U.S. Forest Service in Juneau.
Natura earned a B.S. Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She completed her Master’s degree in Fisheries at UAF in May 2016. Her research investigated the foraging ecology and factors contributing to growth of juvenile sockeye salmon during their lake rearing phase. Natura is currently working as a biologist and fisheries manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak, AK.
Karson earned a B.S. with honors in Marine Biology at the University of New England (UNE). She completed her Master’s degree in Fisheries at UAF in December 2014. Her research investigated seasonal and ontogenetic shifts in the diet composition and habitat use of juvenile sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria. After graduation, Karson worked as a data analyst for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, AK. She then joined the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff in Dover, Delaware, in 2018.
Joe received a B.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University, a M.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan. In 2017, Joe was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral work in collaboration with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center and UAF. His project examined bioenergetic trade-offs for YOY sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) exposed to varying temperature and ration regimes. Joe currently works as a fishery management specialist at NOAA’s Alaska Regional Office in Juneau.
Undergraduate / Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants
- Emma Saas (Jun-Oct 2020), Whitman College
- Sydney King (May-Sept 2019), University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
- Erica Lucas (Feb-May 2019), University of Alaska Southeast
- Carli Storbeck (Jan-Mar 2018), University of Alaska Southeast (exchange)
- Willa Johnson (Jun-Jul 2018), Whitman College
- Nina Lundstrom (Jun-Nov 2017), Colorado College
- Phallon Tullis-Joyce (May-Jul 2017), University of Miami
- Will Klajbor (May-Jul 2017), University of Maryland, College Park
- Aiden Kamber (May-Jul 2017), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Derek Eby (Oct-Nov 2016), University of Alaska Southeast
- Madison Bargas (May-Jul 2017, Jan-Jun 2018, May-Sept 2019), University of Alaska Southeast
- Harmony Wayner (Jan-May 2017), University of Alaska Southeast
- Katie Brown (Jun-Jul 2016), California State University Monterey Bay
- Helena Delgado-Nordmann (Jul-Sept 2016), University of York
- Zach Johanson (Jun-Aug 2016), University of Alaska Southeast
- Sawyer Link (Mar-Jul 2016), University of Alaska Southeast
- Doug Duncan (May 2014-Jan 2015), University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Ragnhildur (Ragga) Fridriksdottir (Jul-Sept 2014), University of York
- Sara Fouse (Jan-Jun 2013), University of Alaska Southeast
- Amanda Gile (Jun-Aug 2015), University of Alaska Southeast
- Georgina Hunt (Jul-Sept 2015), University of York
- Melissa Rhodes-Reese (Sept 2013-Jun 2014, Jan-May 2015), University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Emily Whitney (Jan-Aug 2013)
- Matt Hemenway (Apr 2012)