B.Sc. Biology – Western Washington University
As a premier fisheries, riparian ecology, and winter wilderness technician from Washington State I placed three consecutive years in the Methow Valley’s Technician Olympics, before taking on the challenge of directing the event myself from 2015 to 2018. I come to Alaska with nearly a decade working in the field of fisheries, habitat, and wildlife, focusing on: trophic level ecology, river morphology, and juvenile and adult salmonid population estimates. Other positions as acclimation facility co-manager, riparian map maker and environmental educator each bring a unique perspective to my capricious career path. Additional employment endeavors even include in-stream hazard assessments, beaver trapping, and winter carnivore and rattlesnake trapping and tracking.
The pursuit of a higher education in the field of fisheries and fisheries management brings me to this great state. Since my spring 2018 arrival, work for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Homer, keeps me very busy working on projects to; monitor Chinook escapement for the Kenai Peninsula, collect and sample brood stock from the Ninilchik river, as well as an examination of regional hatchery stray rates using otoliths. Fall 2018 marks the beginning of my study with APU and International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC, Seattle, WA) with return plans for ADFG in the seasons to come.
Although the relationship between APU and IPHC is long and fruitful, I will be APU’s first graduate student officially working in direct and strengthened partnership with the Commission. In coordination with the IPHC’s Reproductive Assessment Project I will be examining the physical, chemical, and hormonal driving factors of halibut maturation. The study is hugely important for fisheries management in the face of changing fish populations, environmental, and ocean conditions. I am eager to start work in the marine environment and truly grateful to be working with the fine people at APU and IPHC.
Funding for this work is provided by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative via the Alaska Education Tax Credit Program.