I got my start with fish growing up in Calfornia’s central valley, where summers were spent fishing for shad, striped bass and Chinook. Later, I moved to Napa, California, for high school and passed several summers working at the Koksetna Wilderness Lodge on Lake Clark in Southwestern Alaska.
In 1997 I entered UC Santa Cruz with aspirations of a degree in marine biology. During my freshman year, I took a recreational SCUBA class. Coincidentally, I was taking my certification dives during an unusually strong el nino. There were many odd fishes and invertebrates in Monterey in the spring of 1998 when the water was warm (lots of Aplysia, kelp bass, and even a few sheephead), I was hooked! The following year, I enrolled in a scientific diving course to obtain my AAUS certification. This allowed me the opportunity to take kelp forest ecology, a diving based class emphasizing the fish, invertebrate and algal ecology in the Monterey Bay. During my time at UCSC I also made several trips to Baja California to survey Macrocystis beds with, then PhD student, Matt Edwards. In my last summer as an undergraduate at UCSC I worked as a technician at the Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas for Mark Carr (UCSC), Mark Hixon (OSU), and Todd Anderson (SDSU). At LSI, we made several dives a day on experimental reefs to investigate the population dynamics of the damselfish Stegastes partidus and Chromis cyanea.
After graduating from UCSC, I worked as a sub-tidal technician for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). With a team of divers at PISCO I surveyed kelp forest fishes, invertebrates, and algae in sites throughout Monterey Bay. In addition we serviced oceanographic moorings for long term environmental monitoring.
After a year at PISCO, I applied for a position at the newly minted NOAA SWFSC lab in Santa Cruz to study steelhead and coho salmon (See research page for more information).
I worked on steelhead and coho projects for 6 years while a graduate student/researcher at NOAA. In 2007 I applied for a PhD position at UW, and began working in Alaska prior to my enrollment at UW in the fall of 2008. See the research page to learn what I am working on now.
When I am not working on various research projects, I can often be found fishing, taking pictures of fish, or in my garage shop working on various wood projects.