Current Members

Lorenz Hauser (Principal Investigator)20141224_012536

I joined SAFS in 2002, after completing an MS in Vienna, Austria, another MS and PhD in Wales, UK, and a postdoc at the University of Hull, UK. I am interested in the forces shaping the distribution of genetic variability within and between populations.

Carolyn Tarpey (Research Scientist and Lab Manager)

Carolyn Tarpey
Carolyn has a B.S. in Marine Biology from College of Charleston and an M.S. in Fishery Science from the University of Washington (UW). She is interested in population genetic research that supports the effective management of sustainable marine fisheries. Lately her focus has been on building and implementing genomic tools to investigate stock structure, diversity and connectivity. She is currently working in collaboration with Ingrid Spies (NOAA AFSC) on a project that leverages pooled whole genome sequencing data to identify and characterize the spawning population structure of Pacific cod and investigate fish movement along with mixed-stock composition. LinkedIn, ResearchGate,

Eleni Petrou (Postdoc)

Eleni 2Eleni hasĀ  a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.S. and a PhD in Fishery Science from the University of Washington (UW). Her research interests include investigating marine connectivity and exploring the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems. Specifically, she is researching the population genetics of Pacific herring, a species that is integral to marine food webs and is highly valued as a food resource by First Nations communities in the Pacific Northwest. She is carrying on this research as a postdoc funded by Washington Sea Grant and the North Pacific Research Board.

Ellie Bors (Postdoc)

Ellie Bors is a postdoc in the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES, formerly JISAO) working in our group in collaboration with Ingrid Spies (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center) on a project that aims to describe the population genetic consequences of climate-driven distributional shifts for fish in the Bering Sea. Focusing on Walleye Pollock, which is the most valuable groundfish species in Alaska, Ellie is using new genomic techniques to describe the spawning stock structure in the region, determine if genetic structure varies between warm and cool periods, and identify which fish stocks are moving into the Northern Bering Sea in response to recent anomalously warm temperatures. In addition to developing a rigorous molecular ecology research program, Ellie has accrued substantial experience in marine policy as a 2017 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and a 2018-2019 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar. She hopes to engage in the dynamic interdisciplinary community at the UW and NOAA during her time as a JISAO postdoc. Ellie earned her PhD in Biological Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in 2017. You can read more about Ellie’s interests and research on her personal website or on Google Scholar

Natalie Lowell (PhD student)

Natalie has a Master’s of Marine Affairs at UW, where she combined her interests of marine sciences and policy. She is interested in using science to answer socially-defined problems, which brought her to SAFS to study population genetics and adaptation of purple-hinged rock scallops, an emerging aquaculture species on the American west coast. Personal webpage, Github page, Twitter: @natclol

Molly Jackson (MS student)IMG_0924

Molly has a B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University. Her research interest is shellfish population genetics and investigating the impact of aquaculture on wild population structure. Currently, she is working with the purple-hinged rock scallop, a species with high market potential on the west coast, to determine if Washington State scallop populations display local adaptation.

Anita Wray (MS student)

Anita has a B.A. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from Colorado College. Her research interest is focused on population genetics to inform sustainable fisheries. She is currently working to identify the population structure of Puget Sound rockfishes to better identify future management plans for each species. LinkedIn

Associated Members

Karien Bezuidenhout (PhD student, co-supervised with Ronel Nel, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa) Thesis: Connectivity in sandy beach organisms with contrasting life histories Maggy Hawkins (MS student, co-supervised with Ronel Nel, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa) Thesis: Taxonomy of South African sandy beach isopods


(graduate students / postdocs plus links and where they are now) Isadora Jimenez-Hidalgo, Diversity Specialist, Renton Community College Isadora was our lab manger for 14 years (2007-2020), who kept us honest and organized, taught new members and kept things in order. She also works on a variety of projects, and led the diversity and inclusion efforts of our School. Mary Fisher, PhD student, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington MS student 2015-2018 LinkedIn Dan Drinan, Data Scientist, Expedia Postdoc 2015-2018: Population genomics of Pacific cod and Pacific halibut Kristen Gruenthal NOAA Postdoc 2012-2015: Population genomics of Pacific cod in North America Atal Saha, Postdoc, Stockholm University, Sweden Atal visited the lab for a year during his PhD on Atlantic redfish (Sebastes spp.) Carl Ostberg, Western Fisheries Research Center, US Geological Survey PhD 2014: Genomic consequences of hybridization between rainbow and cutthroat trout Jocelyn Drugan (Lin), Fisheries Research Scientist, Ocean Outcomes PhD 2012: Microevolution, local adaptation, and demography in wild populations of Pacific salmon MS 2007: Genetic divergence among distinct phenotypes of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Daniel Peterson, PhD Candidate, UMass Amherst MS 2012: Local adaptation, dispersal, and gene flow in a metapopulation of sockeye salmon Piper Schwenke, Forensic Molecular Scientist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA MS 2012: History and extent of introgressive hybridization in Puget Sound rockfishes (Sebastes auriculatus, S. caurinus, and S. maliger) Heather Galindo, Lecturer, University of Washington Bothell Postdoc 2008-2010: Population structure and genetic sex identification in Pacific salmonids Maureen Hess (Waite), Conservation Geneticist, Columbia River Intertribal Commission. MS 2010: Dispersal in Puget Sound brown rockfish (Sebastes auriculatus) from genetic parentage assignment Lisa Fox (Creelman), Research Scientist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. MS 2010: The genetic structure of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in the Chignik watershed, Alaska: applications to identifying stock-specific juvenile emigration patterns Todd Seamons, Research Scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Postdoc 2003-2009: Reproductive success of hatchery and wild steelhead in Forks Creek, Washington Mari Kuroki, Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan Postdoc 2008-2009: Dispersal in brown rockfish from transgenerational marking of otoliths Kathryn Cunningham, High School Teacher, The Northwest School, Seattle, WA MS 2007: Population genetics of Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus): evidence for large and small scale population structure Danielle Mitchell, Associate Scientist, Emergent BioSolutions, Seattle, WA MS 2006: Biocomplexity and metapopulation dynamics of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in Puget Sound, Washington James Franks MS 2006: Phylogeography and population genetics of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias)