Trainees

2020 Cohort

Cassidy Cooper (Graduate Group in Animal Behavior with Dr. Nann Fangue): Cassidy recently graduated with her M.S. in biological science from CSU San Marcos in 2020.  During this time, she studied the thermal physiology and metabolic strategies of invasive fish which had been acclimated to both static and cycling temperatures. Cassidy is interested in how dynamic enviornmental demands will influence species’ biology, particularly in the context of climate change and conservation.
Amanda Frazier (Graduate Group in Ecology with Dr. Anne Todgham): Amanda received her B.S. in Marine Science, Biology, and Ecosystem Science and Policy from University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in 2017 and her M.S. in Animal Biology from UC Davis in 2019. Her interests lie in understanding how species cope with changing environments on the molecular, organismal, and ecosystem level. She is especially interested in studying polar species, because their adaptation to stable environments could make them particularly vulnerable to a changing climate.
Hollis Jones (Graduate Group in Ecology with Dr. Anne Todgham): Hollis earned her MS in Biology from Louisiana State University, studying the impacts of combined stressors on eastern oysters in the Gulf of Mexico. She then joined the National Sea Grant Office in Washington, DC as a 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, where she worked to connect coastal stakeholders to improve the research-to-application process. She aims to merge these interests to continue studying the effects of climate change on aquaculture species, and the industry, to better prepare for a more resilient future.
Toni Lohroff (Animal Biology with Dr. Nann Fangue): Toni obtained her B.S. in Marine Science, Biology and Ecosystem Science & Policy with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) in 2020. Her research interests lie in the potential uses for aquaculture technology in addressing conservation issues – particularly those affecting indigenous or low-income communities – and how they can be implemented in scientific policy.
Chimaway Lopez (Native American Studies. with Dr. Beth Rose Middleton): Receiving his degree in Environmental Studies and American studies from Amherst College, Chimaway Lopez has looked to explore the growing intersection of Indigenous studies and Environmental studies. Grounding his research within his lived experience in Chumash maritime culture, Chimaway believes that engaging with marine policy and science through Indigenous methodologies will be crucial to navigating the ecological and ontological disaster of the Anthropocene.
Andrea Odell (Graduate Group in Ecology with Dr. Kiva Oken): Andrea received her B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington in 2018 and has since been working as a lab technician at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She aims to use mathematical models to explore and better understand the dynamic nature of exploited fish populations under a changing climate. The goal of her research is to improve fisheries management strategies in a way that ensures the balance between a thriving ecosystem and productive fishery.
Joseph Raymond  (Agriculture and Resource Economics): Joseph received his MSc in Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph in 2019. His research interests include data sciences, environmental economics, as well as the design of effective natural resource policies. One of Joseph’s specific interests is analyzing the impact of seaweed cultivation on other forms of aquaculture.
Darian Sorenson (Graduate Group in Applied Math with Dr. Alan Hastings): Darian received her B.A. in mathematics from Utah State University in 2020. Her interests lie in using mathematical analysis, modeling, and computational tools to help conserve marine species. She is especially interested in using these tools to understand how climate change will affect marine ecosystems.

2019 Cohort

Thomas Anderson (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Professor Jim Sanchirico): Thomas comes to SO from the master’s program in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. His interests include aquaculture, marine fisheries management, and formulating policy solutions to problems in resource management.
Madison Armstrong (Population Biology, Professor Rachael Bay): Maddie obtained her B.S. in Biology with Specialization in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from Washington State University in 2019. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research with Dr. Mark Dybdahl on how phenotypic plasticity in shell shape of the New Zealand freshwater snail may be impacting the invasion success of this species. For her PhD, Maddie is interested in how human-induced environmental change alters the adaptive mechanisms of sensitive marine species in those habitats.
Brooke Benson (Population Biology, Professor Rachael Bay): Brooke received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Since then, she has been a Lab Manager at Boston University. Brooke is interested in how climate change restructures natural systems and how the world’s oceans and their inhabitants are responding to anthropogenic disturbance on a range of geographic and temporal scales.
Jack Buckner (Ecology, Professors Marissa Baskett and Mike Springborn): Jack received his B.A. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Carleton College in 2018. He aims to use mathematical and computational tools to develop adaptive ecosystem-based management strategies for fisheries and other natural resources. He is particularly interested in understanding how to foster resilience in social-environmental systems.
Esther Kennedy (Geology, Professor Tessa Hill): Esther received her B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 2013. For the past four years, Esther has been working as an Environmental Scientist for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. She is interested in the impacts of ocean acidification and climate change on coastal communities.
Ryan Swanson (Ecology, Professor Gwen Arnold): Ryan earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Zoology and his Master’s in Marine Affairs (M.M.A.) from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) at the University of Washington. He seeks to combines marine ecological knowledge, modeling, and stakeholder input from coastal communities, to create policies that improve the sustainable management of marine natural resources.
Marlynn Rollins (Ecology, Professor Brian Gaylord): Marlynn graduated from Howard University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology. As an undergraduate she participated in the Evolution and Ecology Graduate Admissions Pathways Program at UC Davis. She is interested in studying the effects of environmental stressors on marine ecosystems.

2018 Cohort

Leslie Guerrero (Integrative Genetics and Genomics, advisor TBD after lab rotations): Leslie earned a bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Genomics, with a minor in Statistics, from UC Davis in 2015. She seeks to bring her background in genetics to bear on studying the phylogenetic relationships between threatened marine species and to assess their genetic diversity, and to apply this knowledge to development of policy solutions.
Leah Mellinger (Animal Biology, Professor Nann Fangue): Leah earned a master’s in Ecology and Sustainability from CSU Stanislaus. She seeks to conduct doctoral research on forage fish and their physiological response to environmental stressors, with a goal of a research career with NOAA.
Eliza Oldach (Ecology, Professor Gwen Arnold; NSF Graduate Research Fellow): Eliza graduated from College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology in 2015. After graduating, she embarked on a Fulbright fellowship studying intertidal ecology in New Zealand. Since returning, Eliza has chased the threads of human ecology and marine biology through work with the Ecological Society of America, Acadia National Park, and coastal communities in Downeast Maine. She aims to continue this pursuit in graduate school, studying social and ecological conditions that improve coastal community resilience and adaptation.
Priya Shukla (Ecology, Professor Ted Grosholz): After a master’s degree in Ecology from San Diego State University, Priya made the trek back north as a technician within the BOAR project at Bodega Marine Laboratory. In her doctoral research, she seeks to use commercially and recreationally harvested mussels and oysters as archives of environmental change by linking their physiology to acute oceanographic events associated with climate change.
Sabine Talaugon (Native American Studies, Professor Beth Rose Middleton): After receiving a Masters of Public Policy from Mills College, Sabine founded a program evaluation and policy analysis firm, Iwex Consulting. In honoring traditional knowledge as ever-evolving, responsive technology, Sabine seeks to study that ways that traditional ecological knowledge has sustained Indigenous communities through multiple episodes of environmental change and how Indigenous knowledge and western science may collaborate to sustain marine environments and Indigenous peoples’ access to marine resources in the face of current climate crisis.
Kaiwen Wang (Agriculture and Resource Economics): Kaiwen is a current Ph.D. student in the  Agricultural and Resource Economics Department of UC Davis after achieving a master’s degree in the same program. He is interested in the economics of  aquaculture, fisheries management, and environment regulation. He hopes to integrate theoretical modeling, empirical strategy, and policy analysis in research pertaining to ocean sustainability.