Fall 2018

Our editorial board changes with each journal issue, but is always composed of talented UW undergraduates who are passionate about environmental research and communicating the work of their peers. We meet as a weekly one-credit seminar class during Fall and Spring quarters to assemble and publish the journal. We’re always looking for new ideas and contributors – please contact us if you’d like to get involved!



Rachel Cohen

Major(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Minor(s): Marine Biology and Quantitative Science

Year: Senior

I am starting my capstone project on the accumulation of microplastics in oysters of the Puget Sound. Outside of my studies, my main focus is being on the UW Sailing Team. We are the leading team in the PNW district and work towards going to nationals every year in both keelboat match racing and dinghy fleet racing.

Jonathan Huie

Major(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Minor(s): Marine Biology

Year: Senior

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary patterns between ecology and morphology. I am currently conducting research on cleaner goby fishes to determine how they are adapted for removing ectoparasites off their clients. I am also assessing whether Central and South American anole lizards share the same link between habitat and morphology as their Caribbean relatives. Outside of science, I enjoy cooking, photography, and hiking.


Michael Sanchez

Major(s): Environmental Science and Resource Management

Minor(s): Nutrition and Climate Sciences

Year: Senior

While pursuing my ESRM major, I have minors in nutritional and climate sciences and would like to learn how these fields are interconnected with each other. By understanding these fields I would like to give back to my community in Yakima, WA to help improve the environment in the city.


Ellen Ng

Major(s): Earth and Space Sciences (Biology)

Minor(s): Dance

Year: Junior

My enjoyment of hiking and photography led me to my field of study. Currently, I assist with graduate research into plant ecology through the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. I also volunteer at science camps and events as outreach is important to me. Elsewise, I have many artistic pursuits in dance, design, and writing.


Mary Cappelletti

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Year: Senior

Within Environmental Studies I am very passionate about sustainability, in particular consumption and lifestyle changes. I hope to find a way to impact the choices people make to work towards a more sustainable culture. Specifically, I would like to work with food choices and help to educate people on the influences of the food they consume. I also plan to incorporate travel into a future career. My hobbies include camping, climbing, hiking, photography, drawing, and cooking.


Max Podhaisky

Major(s): Geology, Photomedia

Minor(s): N/A

Year: Senior

I am pursuing a double degree to combine my photography passion with my love for studying the Earth. I hope to use art and science together to inform the public of important environmental issues. I am currently working in a lab that studies isotope data. My hobbies include hiking, camping, and music.


Rachel Fricke

Major(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Environmental Studies

Minor(s): Quantitative Science

Year: Senior

I’m interested in the impacts of human manipulation of freshwater ecosystems and conservation approaches to these effects. My current research aims to model angler movement as a pathway for aquatic invasive species and examine the influence of altered flow regimes on the life history of common liver fluke, a waterborne parasite. Beyond science and science communication my passions include skiing, running, and single-origin coffee.


Andrew Chin

Major(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Marine Biology

Minor(s): Oceanography

Year: Senior

I’m broadly passionate about fish and community ecology in all aquatic ecosystems. Most recently, I’ve become interested in how organisms utilize and establish in disturbed or novel habitats. For my capstone project, I’m examining Alaskan char to research trophic ecology and life history patterns. My other passions besides science include sailing on tallships, backpacking, and trying to bake bread.


Alanna Greene

Major: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Minor: Quantitative Science

Year: Senior

My interests span from the integration of marine science and policy to the epigenetic mechanisms found in aquatic invertebrates. I am currently researching transgenerational plasticity in Olympia oysters in response to ocean acidification, as well as examining marine parasites in my free time. Outside of SAFS I can be found shooting for The Daily, backpacking, or drinking a caffeinated beverage.


Meghan Wirth

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Year: Senior

As an environmental studies student, I focus on environmental policy and sustainability. I have done work in Mexico involving food systems and food sovereignty and am passionate about helping developing communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.


Julian Olden

Faculty Advisor

I’m an ecologist with a huge heart for freshwater environments and the biological life that they support. Active in science communication, consuming craft beer and flat whites, and gently squeezing fish in the field.