Research Interests

Molluscan Mariculture

Educational & Professional Experience


Western Washington University   2015-present Master of Science, Marine and Estuarine Biology (in progress) Thesis: The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Postlarvae. Reed College   2005-2009 Bachelor of Arts, Biology Thesis: Glucosinolates and Selenium Might Interact in the Face of Adversity to Form an Anti-Herbivore Coalition. Languages: Spanish, Ancient Greek. Computer programs: Word, Excel, LaTeX, JMP, ImageJ, Statview, R. Washington State University   2005-2006 Research Project: Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density and Composition in Response to Water Stress. Courses: Weed Science, Soil Science, Irrigation Systems and Water Mgmt., Forage Crops, Metal Fabrication. Stone Soup Institute   2013 Winter Term: Horse-Drawn Logging; Forestry, silviculture, and forest ecology of Maine.  


Teaching Assistant                               Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, WA   2015-2016
  • Instructed Biology 101 lab for non-science majors; three sections of 20 to 24 students.
  • Implemented and revised curriculum, created weekly quizzes, graded assignments, led field trip.
Service Manager, Mechanic                Bike Tech, Olympia, WA   2014-2015
  • Scheduled and prioritized repairs, submitted warranty claims, analyzed performance data.
  • Educated customers on bicycle function and repair, while hearing customer needs and concerns.
  • Performed tune-ups and repairs on a variety of commuter, road, and mountain bicycles.
Nursery Lead 4CsBreeding Technologies, Strathmere, NJ   2012
  • Supervised packing of forestry seedlings for sale. Communicated in English and Spanish.
  • Worked in seed orchard: induced cone development by girdling, installed irrigation.
Research Director                              Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA   2013-2014
  • Directed Small Business Innovation Research grant, in partnership with Rutgers University.
  • Induced polyploidy and reared eastern flat oysters. Collected and analyzed data, wrote reports.
  • Performed selective breeding to increase resistance to MSX, Dermo, and Juvenile Oyster Disease.
  • Supervised interns, coordinated labor and project scheduling, kept grant expense records.
Lab Technician, Acting Manager       Taylor Shellfish Farms, Quilcene, WA   2010-2012
  • Spawned (strip and natural) and reared Pacific and Olympia oysters, geoducks, and manila clams.
  • Conducted pair matings, inbreeding, F1/F2 hybrids, and genetically diverse restoration spawns.
  • Assisted with experimental design, collected and analyzed data, fabricated novel equipment. 
  • Comprehensively reorganized broodstock repository and improved general lab record keeping. 
  • Trained personnel, coordinated scheduling, expense records. Worked in the field and night tides.
Farm Hand  Sunny Farms, The Pumpkin Patch, Sequim, WA   2004-2009 (summers)   Assistant Trainer Ken Siefer Training, Sequim, WA   2003-2004   Stable Hand Cassidy Creek Ranch, Sequim, WA   2005 Irish Bay Farms, Quilcene, WA   1998-2003   Log Truck Washer Boulton Logging Co., Quilcene, WA   2003


Secretary                             National Shellfisheries Association-Pacific Coast Section   2017-present Student Co-Chair               National Shellfisheries Association   2015-2017 Race Director, Athlete       WWU Cycling Team, Bellingham, WA   2015-2017 Horsemanship Instructor  U.S. Pony Clubs, Port Angeles, WA and Gaston, OR   2004-2013 President-Secretary           Port Townsend Bicycle Assoc., Port Townsend, WA   2011-2012 Beachwatcher                    Wash. State Univ. Extension, Jefferson County, WA   2010 Columnist                            The Reed College Quest, Portland, OR   2008-2009 Founder, Signator              Cookies For All, Reed College, Portland, OR   2005-2009

Selected Awards & Honors


National Shellfisheries Association Annual Conference   2017 Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting   2016 The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Post Larvae. Adviser: Deb Donovan Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting   2011 More with Less: High Density Pacific Oyster Larval Culture in a Low-Volume System. Coauthors: Molly Jackson, Joth Davis Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting   2008 Poster: Determination of Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density & Composition in Response to Water Stress. Adviser: Ian Burke


Michael Castagna Student Grant for Applied Research National Shellfisheries Association   $1,250   2016 PNWSC Malacological Scholarship Pacific Northwest Shell Club   $1,000   2016 Fund for the Enhancement of Graduate Research Western Washington Univ.   $1,000   2016