2018 Cohort

We are proud to announce the members of the inaugural cohort of the Sustainable Oceans NRT.

Thomas Anderson (Agricultural and Resource Economics, advisor TBD): 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..
Leslie Herrera (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.