Students, Colleagues & Collaborators

Past Students

Graduate Students


Jonathan Hulquist

MS Environmental Science 2002, Washington State University  
Current Position:  Manager of Public Programs, Vancouver Aquarium
Thesis: Effects of feeding by humans on the behavior and community structure of near shore coral reef fishes.

 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Noelani Puniwai

MS Environmental Science 2002, Washington State University
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Univ. of Hawaii Manoa
Thesis: Spatial and temporal distribution of the crinoids Florometra serratissma on the Oregon continental shelf


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Claudia Capitini

MS Environmental Science 2003, Washington State University
Current Position: "Sustainability Maven", EcoProducts, Boulder, CO
Thesis: Aquarium fisheries management in West Hawaii: a dynamic conflict.


Keri York

MS Environmental Science 2005, Washington State University
Current Position: Senior Conservation Coordinator, Wood River, Land Trust, Hailey, ID
Thesis:  Resource partitioning in an assemblage of deep-water demersal rockfish (Sebastes spp). on the Northeast Pacific continental shelf.  


Jodi Pirtle

MS Environmental Science 2005, Washington State University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Juneau, AK.
Thesis:  Habitat-based assessment of megafaunal invertebrates and fishes on Cordell Bank, California.


Jennifer Bright

MS Environmental Science 2007, Washington State University
Current Position: Research Scientist, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Port Angeles, WA
Thesis:  Abundance and distribution of structure-forming invertebrates and their association with fishes at the Channel Islands "Footprint." 


Kaitlin Graiff

MS Environmental Science 2008, Washington State University
Current Position: Research Specialist, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Olema, CA
Thesis:  Abundance and distribution of megafaunal invertebrates in relation to fishing intensity off central California


Delisse Ortiz

PhD Environmental & Natural Resource Science 2009, Washington State University

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow 2009-10

Current Position: Pelagic Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD

Thesis:  Influence of Habitat and Life History of Reef Fishes on the Effectiveness of a Network of Marine Protected Areas to Replenish Aquarium Fish


  • Ortiz, D. M and B. N. Tissot. 2008. Ontogenetic patterns of habitat use by a coral reef fish in an MPA network: A multi-scaled remote sensing and in-situ approach. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 365: 217-232 PDF
  • Ortiz, D, M. and B. N. Tissot. 2012. Evaluating ontogenetic patterns of habitat use by reef fish in relation to the effectiveness of marine protected areas in West Hawaii. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol.  432-433: 83-93 PDF


Jennifer Blaine

MS Environmental Science 2010, Washington State University
Current Position: Marine Fish Biologist, Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife, Olympia, WA
Thesis: Populations dynamics and spatial distribution of two commercially important species of sea cucumber, Parastichopus californicus and P. leukothele, in deep central California waters


Camelia Bianchi

MS Environmental Science 2011, Washington State University
Current Position: Ocean Conservancy, Portland, OR
Thesis: Abundance and distribution of megafaunal invertebrates  in NE Pacific submarine canyons and their ecological associations with demersal fishes.


Emily Munday

MS Environmental Science 2012, Washington State University
Current Position: NE Commercial Fisheries Observer, MRAG Americas Inc. Fall River, MA.
Thesis: The Effects of Venting and Decompression on Mortality and Sublethal Effects in Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) caught for the West Hawaii Aquarium Trade


Munda, Emily. S., Brian N. Tissot, Jerry R. Heidel, Tim Miller-Morgan. 2015. The effects of venting and decompression on Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) in the marine ornamental aquarium fish trade.  PeerJ 3:e756; DOI 10.7717/peerj.756  


Todd Stevenson

PhD Environmental & Natural Resource Science 2012, Washington State University

Current Position: Senior Marine Scientist, Ocean Conservancy , Portland, OR  


Thesis:  Social-ecological Implications of using the Marine protected Areas to Manage an Ornamental Fishery


  • Tissot, B. N. Barbara A. Best, Eric H. Borneman, Andrew W. Bruckner, Cara H. Cooper, Heather D’Agnes, Timothy P. Fitzgerald, Amanda Leland, Susan Lieberman, Amy Mathews Amos, Rashid Sumaila, T.M. Telecky. Frazer McGilvray, Brian J. Plankis, Andrew L. Rhyne, Glynnis G. Roberts, Benjamin Starkhouse, Todd C. Stevenson. 2010. How US Ocean Policy and Market Power Can Reform the Coral Reef Wildlife Trade. Marine Policy 34: 1385-1388
  • Stevenson, T. C., Tissot, B. N. J. Derking. 2011. Fisher Behavior Influences Catch Productivity and Selectivity in West Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68(5): 813-822.
  • Fox, H. E., K. M. Haisfield, M. S. Brown, T. C. Stevenson, B. N. Tissot, W. J. Walsh, I. D. Williams. 2012. Influences of oceanographic and meteorological features on reef fish recruitment in Hawai’i. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 463: 259-272
  • Stevenson, T. C. and B. N. Tissot. 2013. Evaluating Marine Protected Areas for Managing Marine Resource Conflict in Hawaii. Marine Policy. 39: 215-223.
  • Stevenson, T. C., B. N. Tissot and W. J. Walsh. 2013. Socioeconomic Consequences of Fishing Displacement from Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii. Biol. Conservation 160: 50-58. 


Dan Crowther

MS Environmental Science 2013, Washington State University

  • Marc Hershman Sea Grant Fellow 2010-11
  • Knauss Sea Grant Fellow 2011-12 (withdrew)

Current Position: Project Management Specialist, Point 97, Ecotrust, Portland, OR

Thesis: Balancing Conservation and Nearshore Fisheries: a Comparative Spatial Analysis of Two Marine Reserve Networks in Oregon. 


Katie Wrubel

MS Environmental Science 2013, Washington State University

  • Nancy Foster Scholar 2011-13
  • Mark Hershmann Sea Grant Fellow 2012-13

Current Position: Ocean Policy Analyst at Makah Tribal Council Office of Marine Affairs, Seattle, WA
Thesis:  Fish-Habitat Associations and the Importance of Deep-Sea Corals in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Molly Bogeberg

MS Environmental Science 2014, Washington State University

Current Position: Mark Hershmann Sea Grant Fellow, Nature Conservancy, Seattle, WA
Thesis:  Habitat associations of the surgeonfish, yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens), from shallow to upper mesophotic coral reefs (3-40 m) in West Hawaii

Sean Rooney

PhD Environmental & Natural Resource Science 2016, Washington State University

Current Position: NOAA, Fisheries Biologist, Kodiak, Alaska
Thesis:  Distribution of Deep-water Coral and Sponge Habitat off Washington and Oregon and their functional links to fish habitat


Chris Teague

MS Biology 2018, Humboldt State University

Current Position: Humboldt State University
Thesis:  Predictive Mapping of Two Nearshore, Demersal Fish Species on Northern California Reefs using Scuba-based Visual Surveys and Remote Sensing


Cori Kane

PhD Environmental & Natural Resource Science 2018, Washington State University

Current Position: Nancy Foster Scholar
Thesis:  Refuge in the deep? Assessing the potential of mesophotic coral ecosystems to act as refugia for shallow coral reef fishes in the Hawaiian Islands


  • Kane, C, N. and B. N. Tissot. 2017. Trophic designation and live coral cover predict changes in reef-fish community structure along a shallow to mesophotic gradient in Hawaii. Coral Reefs  doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1581-x

Undergraduate Students


Kathy Greenwood

BS Biology 2007, Washington State University


Jenny Krenzel

BS Environmental Science 2009, Washington State University


Rachel Biernbaum

BS Biology 2009, Washington State University


Mike Lummio

BS Biology 2008, Washington State University



Jaclyn Hope Schneider

BS Biology 2015, Humboldt State University

Current Students

Graduate Students

Felicia Olmeta (PhD)
Jana Hennessey (MS)
Georgia Bennett (MS)
Carolyn Belak (MS)

Undergraduate Students

Krystal Brander
Halle Shauer

Colleagues and Collaborators

  • Jim Beets – University of Hawaii Hilo
  • Eric Bjorkstedt - NOAA Fisheries, Trinidad, CA
  • Ed Bowlby – Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary 
  • Sean Craig -- Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
  • Patrick Christy – Univ. Washington 
  • Liz Clarke – NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, WA
  • Chris Goldfinger, Geology & Geophysics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  • Kirsten Grorud-Colvert,  PISCO/COMPASS Marine Reserve Science Coordinator, Corvallis, OR
  • Leon Hallacher, University of Hawaii Hilo
  • Sarah Henkel, Oregon State University, Newport, OR.
  • Jerry Heidel, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Mark Hixon – University of Hawaii 
  • James Lindholm. Cal State Monterey Bay
  • Milton Love – Univ. California Santa Barbara 
  • Timothy J. Miller-Morgan, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, Newport, OR.
  • Melissa Newman -- NOAA Protected Species program, Long Beach, CA
  • Rick Starr – California Sea Grant Extension, Moss Landing , CA 
  • Joe Tyburczy -- California Sea Grant Extension, Eureka , CA 
  • Waldo Wakefield – NOAA Fisheries, Newport, OR
  • Bill Walsh – Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources, Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Curt Whitmire, NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, WA
  • Ivor Williams, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Honolulu, HI
  • Mary Yoklavich – NOAA Fisheries, Santa Cruz, CA