Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

MLML Thesis Defenses and Alumni Updates

  • MLML alumna Erin Loury ’11 featured in Diversity in Action magazine

    MLML alumna Erin Loury ’11 featured in Diversity in Action magazine

    During her tenure at MLML, alumna Erin Loury ’11 researched the impacts of marine protected areas (MPAs) on the trophic ecology of gopher rockfish. In the decade since she graduated, Erin has conducted research on fisheries throughout the world and now works as the Communications Director & Fisheries Biologist at …
  • Ichthyology Lab alumna June Shrestha named 2021 California Sea Grant State Fellow

    Ichthyology Lab alumna June Shrestha named 2021 California Sea Grant State Fellow

    Congratulations to SJSU/MLML alumna June Shrestha on her selection as a 2021 California Sea Grant State Fellow!  This competitive program matches recent grads with municipal, state, or federal host agencies in California for year-long fellowships that provide training at the interface of science, communication, policy, and management. June received her …
  • Nine students defend thesis research in 2020!

    Nine students defend thesis research in 2020!

    By June Shrestha, MLML Ichthyology Lab 2020 was a big year. We saw a global pandemic, protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and wildfires raging across the state. Despite all of this, we had nine students pull through to defend their thesis research in 2020! Please join me …
  • Vertebrate Ecology Lab alumna Sharon Hsu starts new job as right whale aerial observer

    Vertebrate Ecology Lab alumna Sharon Hsu starts new job as right whale aerial observer

    Congratulations to MLML alumna Sharon Hsu who recently accepted a fantastic new job with the Center for Coastal Studies as an aerial observer on their North Atlantic right whale team! Sharon received her MS in Marine Science from SJSU/MLML in 2020. Her thesis research in Dr. Gitte McDonald's Vertebrate Ecology Lab …
  • Ichthyology Lab alumna Devona Yates publishes thesis results in MEPS!

    Ichthyology Lab alumna Devona Yates publishes thesis results in MEPS!

    Congratulations to SJSU/MLML Ichthyology Lab alumna Devona Yates on the recent publication of her thesis research in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series! Devona’s paper, co-authored by Professor Scott Hamilton, examines the effects of marine reserves on predator-prey interactions in central California kelp forests. Read the full paper here: https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v655/p139-155/ 
  • Thesis Defense by June Shrestha – December 9th

    Thesis Defense by June Shrestha – December 9th

      "Fish pee in the sea: a surprising source of limiting nutrients in California kelp forests" A Thesis Defense by June Shrestha The Ichthyology Lab MLML Live-Stream | December 9, 2020 at 12 pm Growing up, June always loved being underwater. Long summer days were spent at the local pool …
  • Thesis Defense by Amber Reichert – December 7th

    Thesis Defense by Amber Reichert – December 7th

      "Habitat Associations of Catshark Egg Cases (Chrondrichthyes: Pentanchidae) off the U.S. Pacific Coast" A Thesis Defense by Amber N. Reichert Pacific Shark Research Center MLML Live-Stream | December 7, 2020 at 4 pm Thesis Abstract: Many marine species select sites for reproduction based on habitat suitability, environmental tolerances, and …
  • Thesis Defense by Jacoby Baker – December 4th

    Thesis Defense by Jacoby Baker – December 4th

      "Maternal environment drives larval rockfish gene expression (Sebastes spp.)" A Thesis Defense by Jacoby Baker The Ichthyology Lab MLML Live-Stream | December 4, 2020 at 4 pm Jacoby has always had an affinity for the water. Even so, he tried to escape the calling of the water and started …
  • Thesis Defense by Lindsay Cooper – December 1st

    Thesis Defense by Lindsay Cooper – December 1st

      "Compartmentalization & seasonal variability in storage compounds of Pterygophora californica" A Thesis Defense by Lindsay Cooper The Phycology Lab MLML Live-Stream | December 1, 2020 at 12 pm While other children told their parents they wanted to be ballerinas or firemen, from the get go, Lindsay claimed she would …
  • Thesis Defense by Mason Cole – November 6th

    Thesis Defense by Mason Cole – November 6th

      "Detecting Feeding and Estimating the Energetic Costs of Diving in California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) Using 3-Axis Accelerometers" A Thesis Defense by Mason Cole The Vertebrate Ecology Lab MLML Live-Stream | November 6, 2020 at 12 pm      There is written evidence that when Mason was in third …