Garibaldi (PC: M. Bartick)
PC: M. Bartick

I am originally from California and lived in Alaska for six years (first Juneau, then Sitka, and finally Anchorage). Among my favorite aspects of the 'last frontier' are: incredible access to wild spaces; unbeatable sunsets and skylines; regular eagle, porcupine, bear, moose, and whale sightings; super long summer days; and a plethora of winter activities.

I recently moved and am now enjoying the warm temperatures, blue skies, and expansive beaches of coastal Oregon. In my free time, I like to SCUBA dive, snorkel, hike, camp, and travel. That...or spending quality time with my partner, pup, and poopsies (aka cats).

Cheryl heading out to the fishing lodge

Professional: I earned a BS in biology from San Diego State University, an MS in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a PhD in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I've also worked as a program and outreach director in the nonprofit sector, representative for the California Sea Grant Extension Program, and lead scientist for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program. I now work for the University of Washington in collaboration with scientists at NOAA Fisheries. I also serve as the principal investigator for scale back consulting, LLC.

            My professional background includes:
                  —   field- and lab-based research,
                  —   statistical modeling,
                  —   marine science education, and
                  —   stakeholder engagement.

I am most interested in work that improves our understanding about harvested stocks, thereby supporting sustainable resource management. To promote success in this arena, I emphasize the need for interdisciplinary collaborations and work to build bridges between ecologists and statisticians, scientists and stakeholders, or students and fishery professionals.

Personal: I am passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM. I also believe in the power of visibility. Thus, I share that I was a first generation college student, am from a working class family, and identify as a queer, nonbinary woman. I strive to bring my authentic self into every space that I occupy, confront my own implicit biases, reframe my thinking when presented with new information or insights, and use my privilege to support others whenever possible. I integrate DEI efforts into all aspects of my life and am committed to persistent self education so that I may help increase access to fisheries science and related disciplines.