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President: Katie Kobayashi

Katie Kobayashi, SCMBAS presidentKatie is a first-year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She is interested in how contemporary evolution of Pacific salmon shapes community ecology. Her interest in freshwater ecology stems from her passion for spending time outdoors–camping, hiking, and fly fishing. She has worked in a variety of river systems along the California coast, as well as tropical streams in Moorea, French Polynesia. Most recently, she worked as a technician for NOAA fisheries in Santa Cruz, CA, and served as the restoration chair for SCMBAS during its first year.

Past President: Dave Fryxell

dfryxellDave grew up an unsuccessful New England fisherman and decided to pursue a formal education in biology to resolve the issue. Following his introduction to the seine, his interests became purely academic. Dave is now interested in rapid evolution of fish and other aquatic organisms in response to global change drivers like harvest, warming, and invasion, and how this evolution modifies their ecological roles. Dave is co-founder of SCMBAS and pursued its inception as a means to an outreach end. He enjoys sharing his interests and growing science skills with students at various stages, and has been active in promoting volunteer restoration events.

Vice President: Joe Cutler

jcutlerJoe studies the biodiversity of freshwater fish and freshwater conservation in Central Africa. He focuses his efforts on Cameroon and Gabon and has conducted four sampling expeditions into the region collecting roughly 300 fish species including dozens that are undescribed. He hopes to work with Governmental policy makers and conservationists to design fish-friendly development strategies for these countries.

Treasurer: Stephanie Webb

swebbStephanie is passionate about sustainable food systems and immerses herself in understanding various hurdles within our seafood supply chain and how to overcome them. She has dedicated her professional endeavors towards addressing injustices within our seafood system by bringing several years of corporate finance to fishing dependent communities in search of economic solutions that illuminate their selective fishing practices and iconic commercial fishing heritage. Her work focuses on organizational development, finance, raising capital, business and sustainability planning, traceability, and marketing to stimulate vital local food systems and ecosystem-based eating. She co-founded the Port Orford CSF and has been instrumental in developing sustainability standards and traceability for Real Good Fish. Currently she is the Chief Financial Officer for the Bodega Bay Community Fishing Association and is enrolled as a PhD student at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research examines seafood value chains and their effect on aquatic and marine ecosystems, and equity between actors. Drawing from human geography, political economy and food science, she examines seafood value chains. Additionally she examines how power, finance and socio-ecological relationships influence the 4A’s of food, natural resources and economies. She also examines demand patterns and consumptive behavior using sensory science experiments and hedonic testing.

Secretary: Melissa Cronin


Melissa is a Ph.D. student in the Coastal Conservation Action Lab at UC Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on evidence-based evaluation of the impacts of marine and coastal conservation management regimes, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of seafood eco-labeling campaigns. A former journalist, she is interested in exploring novel means of scientific outreach and conservation education. Follow her here for conservation news and narwhal pics.

Outreach Chair: Hayley Nuetzel

hneutzelHayley is a PhD student at UCSC conducting research within the Molecular Ecology and Genetic Analysis Team at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA). She is broadly interested in elucidating the genomic basis of speciation within the marine environment. As Outreach Chair, she aims to continue projects she initiated last year, as well as expand capacity and support for additional programs that increase accessibility to fisheries science. This includes expanding a seafood fraud study with Harbor High School, which will involve using DNA barcoding to assess sustainability within our local seafood system.

Webmaster: Kat Dale

Kat is a first year PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in the Mehta/Tinker labs. She is interested in the early life history of fishes, especially of diadromous species like salmon, sturgeon, and eels. Within this, she is fascinated by the migration, feeding ecology, ecological role of eel larvae. Kat is also interested in bridging the gap between computer science and ecology using high performance computing. Kat graduated from the University of Miami in 2015, and has worked for NOAA’s Northwest and Southeast Fisheries Science Centers in Oregon and Miami, respectively. For more information about Kat, click here.

Liam with his equally huge fishOutreach Editor/Writer: Liam Zarri

Liam is a master’s student in the Palkovacs Lab studying whether there is be a management conflict between green sturgeon and winter-run chinook in the Sacramento River. He is interested in the ecological implications of intraspecific variation, and is on the quest for the perfect ceviche.

Faculty Advisor: Eric P. Palkovacs

eric streamEric studies the eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. The study of eco-evolutionary dynamics focuses on bi-directional interactions occurring between ecology and evolution in nature. He examines how evolution shapes populations, communities, and ecosystems and how these ecological changes feed back to shape the trajectory of evolution. In particular, he combines surveys of genetic, phenotypic, and ecological variation in nature with field and laboratory experiments to test the mechanisms underlying observed patterns. His research addresses basic questions in evolutionary ecology and applied questions in conservation biology and fisheries management.