Former Postdocs

Laura Storch


Laura was a postdoctoral scholar in Will White's lab from August 2019 - August 2022.  Laura's work in the lab focused on modeling Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) population dynamics in order to better inform management and restoration efforts.  In one project, she examined population heterogeneity within and across estuaries on the Floridian west and east coasts.  She also investigated lack of recovery of oyster populations in Apalachicola Bay following a hurricane. 

Laura has moved on to an Assistant Professor appointment with the Mathematics Department at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  She will continue her research in using mathematical tools to understand complex spatiotemporal dynamics of ecosystems and populations, and looks forward to guiding her own research projects and mentoring student research. 

Keep up with Laura via Google Scholar or her personal website.

Craig Norrie


Craig was a postdoctoral scholar in Jessica Miller’s lab from February 2020-April 2022. His primary research focused on the relationships between size, growth, and survival of juvenile Columbia River Chinook Salmon during their first few weeks of ocean residence – a particularly dangerous time and place to be a young salmon. He used the microchemical composition and structure of otolith to reconstruct patterns of size and growth prior to, and after ocean entry. Additionally, during his time with COMES, Craig conducted research to investigate the impacts of interacting temperature and ocean acidification stress on the chemical composition of staghorn sculpin otolith.

Craig has moved on to a new postdoc appointment at the University of Washington where he is investigating the influence of interacting climate change stressors on farmed oysters. As part of this research, he hopes to help the aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest adapt to a changing climate.

Keep up with Craig via his personal website or Twitter.

Matthew 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.

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.