Former Postdocs

Felix Vaux

Felix was a postdoctoral research associate in the State Fisheries Genomics Lab under the direction of Dr. Kathleen O'Malley from January 2018-October 2019.  His primary research centered on population genomic variation in Pacific albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) and investigating potential implications for the fisheries management of the species. Additional areas of research during his time with COMES included neutral and adaptive genomic markers in Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus), otolith shape and genomic variation in Deacon rockfish (Sebastes diaconus) and sex identification markers in eight species of rockfish (Sebastes).

Felix has gone on to a new postdoc appointment at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he is testing the ‘founder takes all’ hypothesis on earthquake uplifted shores in New Zealand and Chile using population genomics and phylogenetics.

Keep up with Felix via Google Scholar or ResearchGate, or follow him on Twitter.

Matt Hawkyard

Matt Hawkyard has a long history with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. He began his career in Chris Langdon’s lab as a MS student in 2007(!), earned his Ph.D. in 2016, and worked tirelessly as a research associate until 2021. Matt made great contributions in the areas of micro-encapsulated particulate larval diets for use in finfish aquaculture and disease control in finfish aquaculture. In addition, Matt demonstrated increasing leadership on transdisciplinary aquaculture projects at Oregon State University, including serving on the OSU Aquaculture committee and working on the Oregon Aquaculture Explorer project with the OSU Institute of Natural Resources.

Matt’s accomplishments at OSU have paved the way for him to continue his success as Assistant Extension Professor and Finfish Nutrition Specialist at the University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute. He’ll be increasing his knowledge of salmon nutrition in his new position, but also looks forward to having the flexibility to pursue his own research interests.

Keep up with Matt via Google Scholar.