Megan is climate ecologist, data scientist, and graphic designer. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Alaska in the Cunningham Lab working on climate drivers of Chinook salmon population dynamics in the Arctic/Yukon/Kuskokwim region. Previously, Megan was a Ph.D candidate in the Holtgrieve Ecosystem Ecology Lab where she earned her degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences with a certificate in Data Science through the UW eScience Institute. Her dissertation research used compound specific stable isotope analysis of amino acids to understand changes in primary productivity and foraging ecology of pinnipeds in the northeast Pacific using museum skull specimens. Her research interests include climate ecology, specifically, how species interactions are influenced by changes in the physical and biogeochemical environment. Megan also values applying data science techniques to ecology and has an expertise in time series analysis and Bayesian statistics.
Megan is originally from the White Mountains of NH and moved to Seattle for graduate school after spending a few field seasons moving around the country and abroad. Outside of research Megan enjoys anything outdoors, particularly new activities that get her outside of her comfort zone and require problem solving. Backpacking, snowboarding, and trail running is how she spends her time outside of the office.
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PhD in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, 2021
University of Washington
BA in Biology, 2015
Teaching Assistant, Autumn 2017
Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources (FSH 323)
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016
Tropical Ecology Program
Tropical Montane Ecology (BI 438)
Tropical Coastal Ecology (BI 440)
Tropical Rainforest Ecology (BI 439)
Studies in Tropical Ecology (BI 441, Capstone Course)
Educational Resource Center
Organic Chemistry (CH 203/204)
Statistics (MA 213)
Creosote Treated Pilings
Graduate Student Speaker
Climate Science on Tap
White Paper Author