Research Fellows

The PCCRC awards annual graduate student fellowships to current or prospective UAF graduate students whose research aligns with PCCRC research priorities (see annual Research RFP). The fellowship includes a graduate stipend, tuition/fees, health insurance, and $2,000 that can be applied to research/travel expenses. Awards are renewable pending successful annual progress: M.S. students may receive a maximum of 2 years of support; Ph.D. students may receive a maximum of 3 years of support.

Current Fellows

Kaitlyn Manishin, M.S. FISHERIES Candidate (2016 -2017)

  • Research Topic: Under what theoretical scenarios salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) predation could influence the dynamics of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Alaska
  • Advisor: Andrew Seitz


Past Fellows

Elizabeth Figus, PH.D. Fisheries (2015-2017)

  • Research Topic: Determine impacts of three alternatives for monitoring incidental catch in the Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fleet in Southeast Alaska.
  • Advisor: Keith Criddle
  • Graduated: 2018
  • Currently: North Pacific Fisheries Management Council

Cory Graham, M.S. FISHERIES (2015-2016)

  • Research Topic: Evaluation of growth, survival, and recruitment of Chinook salmon in southeast Alaska Rivers
  • Advisor: Trent Sutton
  • Graduated: 2016
  • Currently: California United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Julie Nielsen Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2013‑2015)

  • Research Topic: Large-scale movement patterns of demersal fish species such as Pacific halibut, Pacific cod, sablefish, and skates using data gathered by electronic tags.
  • Advisor: Andrew Seitz
  • Currently: Kingfisher Marine Research LLC

James Strong Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2013‑2014)

  • Research Topic: Development of a spatially explicit bioeconomic model of the Eastern Bering Sea (EBS) pollock fishery.
  • Advisor: Keith Criddle

Tadayasu Uchiyama Ph.D. Fisheries candidate (2012‑2013)

  • Research Topic: Develop multispecies biomass dynamics models that explicitly include predator-prey interactions among walleye pollock, Pacific cod, arrowtooth flounder, and other flatfish species in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Advisor: Gordon Kruse

Adam Zaleski M.S. FISHERIES (2012-2013)

  • Research Topic: Effects of organochlorine contaminants (PCBs & DDTs) on the endangered western stock of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus)
  • Advisor: Shannon Atkinson
  • Graduated: 2013
  • Currently: Data & Evaluation Supervisor with Douglas Island Pink and Chum Hatchery.

Sara Miller PH.D. FISHERIES (2009-2010)

  • Research Topic: Testing the optimal stability hypothesis (Gargett 1997) using juvenile hatchery pink salmon samples from the northern Gulf of Alaska (GOA).
  • Advisor: Milo Adkison.
  • Graduated: 2011
  • Currently: Biometrician II with Commercial Fisheries Div, ADF&G.

Kray Van Kirk Ph.D. FISHERIES (2009-2010)

  • ResearchTopic:  Develop the Gulf of Alaska  multispecies age-structured assessment model focusing on the assessment and exploration of pollock population dynamics as they relate to both fishing pressure and complex multispecies interactions.
  • Advisor: Terrance J. Quinn II.
  • Graduated: 2012
  • Currently: Biometrician III with Commercial Division, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Gamewith Commercial Fisheries Div, ADF&G.