Anne is a native Rhode Islander and completed an A.B. in Biology with honors at Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the New England Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional councils responsible for managing U.S. commercial and recreational marine fisheries in federal waters. As a fishery analyst, Anne saw firsthand the importance of science in the management process and was inspired to pursue research that contributes to fishery management and conservation.
Anne received a Ph.D. in aquatic and fishery sciences from the University of Washington, where her research concentrated on the biology and ecology of lingcod, a top predator in rocky reef ecosystems of the Northeast Pacific. Following graduate school, she worked as a Research Associate at the University of Washington and NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. As a postdoc, Anne worked on several projects examining historical changes to groundfish communities along the U.S. west coast, using both long-term survey data and local ecological knowledge of resource users. In January 2012, she joined the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Juneau.
♦ Graduate Students
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. Based out of the Juneau Fisheries Center, she is now developing an index of predation for walleye pollock and investigating resource partitioning between Pacific halibut and arrowtooth flounder to better inform the management of these economically important species. CFOS website
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.
Hailing from Red Sox territory, Maggie graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Environmental Biology. Her diverse background includes undergraduate research in plant pathology, a marine park internship with St. Eustatius National Parks, and work experience with the School for Field Studies in Australia. Additionally, Maggie has worked with the Ecology of Bird Loss Project (University of Washington) in the Mariana Islands. After having the opportunity to be involved in diverse research worldwide and living consistently on islands, she was inspired by the profound need for increased research in human dimensions of marine systems. Her interests are interdisciplinary, global, and revolve around how management decisions shape and affect coastal communities. Maggie is an NSF-IGERT Graduate Fellow in the Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic (MESAS) Program at UAF. The objective of her research is to better understand the impacts on human communities due to changing management regulations of Pacific halibut.
Maggie is focusing on sport and subsistence halibut sectors in Southeast and South-central Alaska. Specifically, she is examining both the biological and social consequences of regulation, including changes in fishing grounds, gear use, species/size preferences, and harvest levels. Furthermore, Maggie aims to examine how perceptions of marine management and regulations differ among different stakeholder communities. Understanding the social and community changes stemming from fishing regulations will be integral for supporting resilient communities, ecosystems, and marine management. Maggie’s additional interests include science education, coral reef conservation, and plant ecology. CFOS website
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 research is examining the impacts of nearshore fish predators on hatchery and wild salmon smolts. CFOS website
After graduating in May 2008 from the University of South Dakota with my B.S. in Biology and German, Rhea moved to Sitka, AK, where she spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Upon completion of her service year, Rhea decided to remain in Sitka and jumped aboard a 45-foot troller to spend the season working as deckhand. Although she had always been interested in marine biology, this was her first real exposure to fisheries and the ocean. Rhea developed a strong appreciation for commercial fisheries and wanted to begin a career in fisheries research and management. The next season she worked as a Creel Tech for ADF&G Sport Fish and then shifted into a position with the Groundfish Project, where she spent nearly three years port sampling sablefish, lingcod, yelloweye rockfish, and Pacific cod, participating in longline surveys and mark-tag recapture surveys, and gaining knowledge and experience in the field.
Rhea is currently a Fisheries Biologist II with ADF&G commercial salmon fisheries and supervise the port sampling component of the project in Sitka, while working on my M.S. in fisheries through the ADF&G Graduate Studies Program. Her graduate research focuses on juvenile sablefish migration and movements into and out of St. John Baptist Bay, just north of Sitka. She used acoustic telemetry to monitor sablefish behaviors to look for patterns in movement. This research will provide a better understanding of life history and behavior of juvenile sablefish before they recruit to the commercial fishery. CFOS website
Veronica Padula (PhD)
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.
♦ Postdoctoral Researchers
Joe Krieger is no stranger to water and coastal community life. He grew up in Michigan and received a B.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University and a M.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University. His academic background covers a wide berth of ecological topics. For his B.S. he examined bacterial community composition present in the bulb of the northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). For his Master’s research, Joe examined anthropogenic impacts on coral reef ecosystems in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in an effort to better understand the impact on recreational divers on corals. Joe received a Ph.D. in Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan, where his research explored the early life history of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the Great Lakes Basin. The unifying theme of Joe’s research centers on ecological conservation and management. In the summer of 2017, Joe was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral work in collaboration with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center and UAF. This project will examine the bioenergetic trade-offs of YOY sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) exposed to varying temperature and ration regimes.
♦ Research Assistants
Nina Lundstrom grew up in Golden, Colorado, and recently graduated from Colorado College, where she received a B.A. in Organismal Biology and Ecology. She became interested in fish ecology after spending a summer on Lopez Island, Washington, assisting with research on Chinook salmon in the Salish Sea. Nina is excited to continue her education in more northern latitudes and in icier waters. In her spare time, she loves to paddle and hike with her dog, Pickles.
♦ Former students and technicians
Emily Whitney, MS Fisheries 2016
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 Richardson, MS Fisheries, 2016
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 Coutre, MS Fisheries, 2014
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. Karson is currently working as a data analyst for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, AK.
- 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), 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, M.S. in Marine Environmental Management, 2016
- 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, B.A. in Fisheries and Political Science
- Ragnhildur (Ragga) Fridriksdottir, Intern (Jul-Sept 2014), University of York, M.S. in Marine Environmental Management, 2014
- Sara Fouse, Research Assistant (Jan-Jun 2013), University of Alaska Southeast, B.S. in Biology with minor in Mathematics, 2013
- Amanda Gile, Intern (Jun-Aug 2015), University of Alaska Southeast, B.S. in Biology, 2015
- Matt Hemenway, Research Assistant (Apr 2012)
- Georgina Hunt, Intern (Jul-Sept 2015), University of York, M.S. in Marine Environmental Management, 2015
- Melissa Rhodes-Reese, Research Assistant (Sept 2013-Jun 2014, Jan-May 2015), University of Alaska Fairbanks, B.S. in Fisheries, 2016
- Emily Whitney, Research Assistant (Jan-Aug 2013)