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Woman wearing baseball cap on beach with bright blue sky in the background. Kirsty Ballard
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I am working in Dr. James Sulikowski's Big Fish Lab studying reproductive physiology and ecology of elasmobranchs.


Ph.D., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: James Sulikowski
Person wearing a dark shirt, red vest, blue headband, and sunglasses holds a large fish. Madison Bargas
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Thesis: Spatial variation in life history traits of Black Rockfish from CA to AK


M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Science
Major Professor: Cheryl Barnes
Olivia Boisen Contact person by email

Olivia is a current master’s student in Fisheries Science, studying the spatial and temporal trends of microplastic ingestion by myctophids off the West Coast. Myctophids, or lanternfishes, are an abundant forage fish and their diel vertical migrations bridge pelagic and mesopelagic foodwebs...


Master of Science, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Scott Heppell , Major Professor: Susanne Brander
Joshua Bowman Contact person by email

I am investigating physiological and behavioral stress responses to chemical cues in sharks, skates, and rays with Dr. Taylor Chapple's Big Fish Lab. 


As a Master’s student in the Big Fish Lab, Josh is investigating the physiology and behavior of sharks as they relate to predator-prey dynamics. As large predatory fish, sharks have few natural predators and therefore are...
Ph.D, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Taylor Chapple

Reilly Boyt
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M.S., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Taylor Chapple
Smiling student with long reddish hair wearing a gray pullover hoodie and turquoise shorts rows a boat across pale green water. Deciduous trees in the background. Margaret Campbell
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I am a master's student in Will White's Fisheries Oceanography and Population Dynamics lab. My project is modeling the impacts of offshore wind farms coming to the coast of Oregon.


MS Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Will White
Savannah Clax
Graduate Fellow
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Major Professor: Jessica Miller
Woman leans over side of boat where a shark is being held in a sling. Maddie English
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As a master's student in Dr. Taylor Chapple's ...
M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Science
Major Professor: Taylor Chapple

Jennifer Fisher Contact person by email


PhD, Fisheries, PhD
Major Professor: Will White
Henry Fleener Contact person by email

Developing a high-density flow-through system for rearing Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae. 



M.S. Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Christopher Langdon
Smiling person with dark hair wears a Carhartt beanie on the beach. Peri Gerson
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Thesis: Predators as samplers: using food habits data to inform climate- and community-driven shifts in marine species distributions


M.S., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Cheryl Barnes
MacKenna Hainey Contact person by email I am a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.  I study marine invertebrate disease, particularly the role microplastics may have in disease development and larvae growth.  


Biomedical Sciences
Woman with blonde hair holds a spiny dogfish. Lauren Horstmyer
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My research involves studying the effects of climate change and associated events on reproductive traits in shark species. Reproduction is the key to species-wide survival, and recent climate anomalies suggest that this...
Ph.D., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: James Sulikowski

Woojae Jung
Ph.D. Food Science and Technology
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Research, analyze and evaluate efficacy of marine bioactive compounds.


Ph.D. Food Science and Technology
Major Professor: Jung Kwon
Student in aqua blue shirt sits at a table with several labeled specimen jars of various sizes. There is a photo of an otter on the wall. Lauren Kashiwabara
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I am researching plastic pollution in Oregon gray whales and their prey, mysid shrimp, in the Brander Lab.


Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences
Major Professor: Susanne Brander
Alexander Langley
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M.S., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Michael Banks
Scott Lewis Contact person by email

I am conducting research on coastal steelhead and rainbow trout in the Ventura River of Southern California. The focus of my research is genetic population structure, landscape genetics, smoltification patterns, and migration of juvenile O. mykiss.


PhD, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Michael Banks
Ethan Personius
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M.S., Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Taylor Chapple
Victoria Quennessen
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Using quantitative models to assess marine protected areas off the Oregon coast and inform conservation management and policy for black rockfish.



PhD, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Will White
Trenton Reed
M.S Food Science and Technology
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M.S Food Science and Technology
Major Professor: Jung Kwon
Smiling student with long blond/brown hair stands in front of ocean, gray clouds, and green tree. Grace Roa
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I am working with Will White and Brett Dumbauld (USDA-ARS) studying the host-parasitic energetics relationship between native mud shrimp and non-native isopod. 


MS Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Will White
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As part of Dr. Taylor Chapple's Big Fish Lab, I am researching the movement and foraging ecology of a top coastal predator - the Broadnose Sevengill Shark - within the Northern California Coastal Current to eventually incorporate shark predators into fisheries...

Despite their often significant roles in local ecosystems though, large sharks have been conspicuously absent from management efforts in the Northern California Current System. Using techniques such as bio-logging, stable isotopes, and stomach content analysis, Jess’s research will provide...
PhD, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Taylor Chapple

Sagarika Shahriar Sagarika Shahriar
M.S Food Science and Technology
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M.S Food Science and Technology
Major Professor: Jung Kwon
Hillary Thalmann Contact person by email

Effects of thermal variability on Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus) foraging, growth, and metabolism in the Gulf of Alaska.



PhD, Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Jessica Miller
Smiling woman with backpacking pack stands in front of craggy peaks with blue sky and clouds in the background. Jenna Travers
Graduate Fellow
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I am studying and comparing the genetic, socioeconomic, and cultural impacts of two bioinvasive populations of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) in polar latitudes: one in Chile and the Falkland Islands driven by escaped...
M.S., Marine Resource Management

Young person wearing ballcap, hoodie, and mirrored sunglasses stands in a small boat holding a fish. Benjamin Wiley
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Ben is pursuing a M.S. degree as a member of the State Fisheries Genomics Lab.  Within the SFGL, he will be using eDNA to investigate occupancy, distribution, and abundance metrics of Bull Trout (Salvelinus...
MS Fisheries Science
Major Professor: Kathleen O Malley

Undergraduate Students

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Donato, Natalie
URSA Engage Student
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I'm working with Research Associate Dr. Kyle Newton in Dr. Taylor Chapple's Big Fish Lab to investigate how skates respond to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Through understanding the skates’ potential navigational behaviors when exposed to different EMFs that simulate the Earth’s magnetic...

Kappos, Kyra
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