Spring 2019

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 interested in marine ecosystem sustainability and teaching others of their importance, which is why I chose to study fisheries and marine biology. I am currently conduction research on microplastic accumulation in Pacific oysters of Puget Sound. Outside of my studies, my passions include sailing competitively, cooking, traveling, and diving.

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.


Fabienne Urfer

Major(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Year: Senior

I am a senior working on my capstone about Puget Sound Herring and the effect anthropogenic disturbances have on their population. Through my capstone and my time studying at SAFS, I've seen countless examples of how closely aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are linked. This reminds me that the choices we make on land affect our shared waters. Finding ways to effectively communicate science to a broader audience is important now more than, if you want to inspire large change in hopes for a greener future!


Ellen Ng

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

Minor(s): Dance

Year: Senior

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.


Claira Malarkey

Major(s): Philosophy

Minor(s): Marine Biology

Year: Senior

My work as a wilderness ranger at Olympic National Park over the summers has allowed me to combine my environmental ethics with hands-on conservation work, specifically along the Olympic coast. I hope to continue this synthesis of values in the future, using effective science communication and environmental policy to promote stronger protections for wilderness areas and wildlife in general.


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(s): Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Minor(s): 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.


Emily Wilbur

Major(s) : Earth and Space Sciences

Year: Senior

I intend to pursue a geophysics related career path and maintain my activity as a researcher through academia. My research on science communication has lead me to the position that access to publicly consumable science (undergraduate or otherwise) will help everyone, scientists included. I call the PNW home, and I like to spend my free time traveling and rock climbing.


Mikaela Balkind

Major(s): Environmental Science & Resource Management

Minor(s): Climate Science

Year: Senior

I’m interested in ecological climatology; how plants interact with the atmosphere. I am currently working on a research project that aims at understanding the impacts of increased CO2 and temperature on the quantity and quality of rice grain production. I am also completing a research project that utilizes multispectral imagery to quantify the intensity, severity and regeneration pattern of vegetation after a fire has burned through. In my free time I enjoy skiing, mountain biking… and any activity away from the city and in the mountains.


Sara Elgin

Major(s): Marine Biology

Minor(s): Climate Science

Year: Freshman

I’m still exploring the plethora of opportunities within my field at the UW and throughout Seattle. I enjoy volunteering for several organizations such as the Seattle Aquarium, washPIRG, and the Padilla-Gamino Lab, which give me a great sense of purpose. I’m interested in the relationship between oceans and climate and how sustainability is inevitably intertwined with these disciplines.


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.