Oregon State University, B.Sc in Fisheries
I grew up in Homer, Alaska and longlined, seined, gillnetted my way through undergraduate and graduate school. I received a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries from Oregon State University in 1996 and was at the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science between 1996 and 1998. I returned to Alaska and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Habitat Division for a couple of years before moving to NOAA Fisheries – Anchorage Field Office in 2000. Since then, I have been involved with issues focused on the Essential Fish Habitat provision of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the effects of commercial fishing activities on benthic habitat. I have worked closely with the Alaska Fishery Science Center on deep water coral and sponge science, ecosystem management, and species distribution modeling, the commercial fishing industry on conservation engineering and fishing effects, and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on marine protected areas, GIS and spatial analysis. y master’s thesis in the FAST Lab at APU focuses on the effects of fishing activity on corals and sponges in the Aleutian Islands.
I spend my free time with my wife and three children, being outfished by my kids during the summer in Prince William Sound but making up for it by beating most of them down the mountains during ski race season.