President: Doriane Weiler
Doriane is a third-year PhD student in the Alonzo Lab at UC Santa Cruz. She has experience studying behavioral ecology in both marine and freshwater systems and currently focuses on mosquitofish, the world's most widespread invasive freshwater fish. Her research uses mosquitofish as a model system to explore the the ecological consequences of sexually antagonistic traits. She is also interested in the underlying ecological regimes driving variation in sexually selected traits, including temperature, predation, sex ratios, and density. Doriane enjoys outreach activities in the local community, from river clean-ups to teaching in schools, and is delighted to continue her leadership in SCMBAS after a year as the PR Chair. When she isn't thinking about fish (probably >1% of the time), Doriane likes to paint, peer at tidepool critters, and pet dogs. For more information about Doriane, click here.
Vice President: Mark Morales
Mark is a fourth year graduate student in EEB co-advised by Dr. Elliott Hazen (NMFS) and Prof. Mark Carr. He has a passion for understanding the linkages between the physical environment and marine fish population dynamics. As the new Vice President of SCMBAS, he will strive to maintain the high standard of the subunit in terms of educating the local and regional community on fisheries conservation through public outreach, continuing professional development programs, and to increase the understanding of marine and freshwater systems and the fisheries they support.
Secretary: Taylor White
Growing up in Sitka Alaska, Taylor quickly understood how integral fisheries were in her life. She tagged and spawned salmon at hatcheries, baited longline skates, and participated in marine subsistence harvest (from salmon to sea cucumbers). After 8 years working in the hatchery and aquarium at the Sitka Sound Science Center, Taylor joined UCSC as an Ecology Evolutionary Biology graduate student with a focus on pinto abalone. She has spent the last four years researching pinto abalone population dynamics in Southeastern Alaska. These experiences in continued local harvest have led to her frequent collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game dive fisheries managers. For more information about Taylor, click here.
Treasurer: Josh Ayala
Josh is a 4th year undergraduate E.E.B. student and will serve as the Treasurer for AFS-SCMBAS. He is interested in fisheries management and is currently working for California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Scientific Aid for the CRFS (California Recreational Fisheries Survey). His goal is to streamline fundraising and to grow community events both to increase outreach and create partnerships with small local businesses that support fisheries and environmental health.
Marketing & Public Relations: Laura Goetz
Laura is interested in fish embryonic development and how genetic and environmental factors influence it. As a first year graduate student working with Dr. Devon Pearse and Dr. Grant Pogson, they are currently focusing on how parental life history type of steelhead influence offspring life histories. Laura engages in outreach through classroom technology Flipgrid in their own time and hopes to bring similar opportunities to SCMBAS. In their free time, you can find Laura baking, drawing, and reading. For more information about Laura click here.
Trout in Classroom Coordinator: Megan Sabal
Megan is a third-year PhD student in the Palkovacs Lab at UC Santa Cruz. She is interested in the intersection of predation and migration. Her dissertation asks—how do predators impact migrating prey behavior? She explores this question both in juvenile salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and more generally with projects that span migratory taxa. Megan's main responsibility is to run the Trout in the Classroom program including coordinating with our partner organizations (CDFW, City of SC), organizing volunteers, and assisting local teachers. Megan also supports other SCMBAS outreach activities. When she’s not thinking about science, she enjoys road biking, scuba diving, and curling up with a book. For more information about Megan click here.
Undergraduate Chair: Hayley Mapes
Hayley is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Biology and will serve as the new Undergraduate Chair for AFS-SCMBAS. She is interested in reproductive biology in fish and is currently working on her senior thesis looking into new methods to conduct fecundity analysis for Rosy Rockfish (Sebastes rosaceus). She hopes to help build an undergraduate community in AFS-SMBAS, providing resources and assistance for research opportunities, graduate school, and overall fun fish-related activities. She can't wait for a fin-tastic year!
Education and Outreach: Sara Noguera
Sara is a Senior as Evolution and Ecology Major at UCSC. She currently works in the Alonzo lab looking at sexual harassment behavior in mosquitofish. As the education and outreach chair, her goals are to create programs that engage and educate our Santa Cruz community.