I’m a quantitative stream fish ecologist. I study the mechanisms by which fish behavioral and physiological responses to environmental conditions, such as stream hydrology and temperature, produce patterns in their distribution and abundance. Following ten years of research in Alaska, I now live in the Seattle area and work as a Senior Fisheries Ecologist for South Fork Research, studying steelhead in the Columbia River basin. My previous, postdoctoral research was the Alaska-based Drift Model Project, a 3-year effort to develop and test better models mathematical of drift feeding, which is the primary feeding method of many stream fishes.

I am also a minor internet entrepreneur, photographer, and die-hard fly fisherman. I created Troutnut.com in 2003 to bring fly anglers’ accumulated knowledge of aquatic entomology online and get more people interested in the scientific aspects of the fly fishing and related sciences.

This website profiles my academic career. It’s an abbreviated, illustrated, less formal version of my academic curriculum vitae.

Professional Positions

  • Present2017

    Senior Fisheries Ecologist

    South Fork Research

  • 20172014

    Post-doctoral researcher

    University of Georgia


  • Ph.D. 2014

    Biological Sciences

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • B.A. 2006


    Cornell University

Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • 2014
    North Pacific Research Board Annual Research Program Grant
    Dr. Gary Grossman and I cowrote this grant that funded a 3-year project in his lab, including my postdoctoral position.
  • 2012
    Best Student Paper - American Fisheries Society - National Meeting
  • 2012
    Best Student Paper - Midnight Sun Science Symposium
  • 2011
    Best Student Paper - American Fisheries Society - Alaska Chapter
  • 2010
    Best Student Paper - American Fisheries Society - Alaska Chapter
  • 2009
    Best Student Paper - American Fisheries Society - Alaska Chapter