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

I am originally from California and moved to Alaska at the start of 2015 (first Juneau, then Sitka, now 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 also love to snorkel, SCUBA dive, hike, camp, and travel as much as I can.
Cheryl heading out to the fishing lodge

Academics: 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 have also served as a program and outreach director in the nonprofit sector, program representative for California Sea Grant, and lead scientist for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program. I am now a postdoctoral scholar associated with the University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries.

My academic and professional background includes field- and lab-based fisheries science, statistical modeling, marine science education, and community outreach. I am most interested in work that enhances our understanding about the biology and ecology of harvested stocks, thereby supporting sustainable resource management.

Apart from fish, I am passionate about enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of visibility. Thus, I share that I'm a first generation college student from a working class family and identify as queer. I strive to bring my authentic self into my work, confront my own implicit biases, and use my privilege to support others whenever possible.