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Rhea Ehresmann

M.S. Student

Fisheries
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Sitka, AK 99835
Biography
After graduating in May 2008 from the University of South Dakota with my B.S. in Biology and German, I moved to Sitka, AK, where I spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Upon completion of my service year, I decided to remain in Sitka and jumped aboard a 45-foot troller to spend the season working as deckhand. Although I had always been interested in marine biology, this was my first real exposure to fisheries and the ocean. I developed a strong appreciation for the commercial fisheries and wanted to begin a career in fisheries research and management. The next season I worked as a Creel Tech for ADF&G Sport Fish and then shifted into a position with the Groundfish Project, where I spent nearly three years port sampling sablefish, lingcod, yelloweye rockfish, and Pacific cod, participating in longline surveys and mark-tag recapture surveys, and gaining knowledge and experience in the field. Iím currently a Fisheries Biologist II with ADF&G commercial salmon fisheries and supervise the port sampling component of the project in Sitka, while working on my M.S. in fisheries through the ADF&G Graduate Studies Program. I am interested in research and management of sustainable fisheries in Alaska. My research focuses on juvenile sablefish migration and movements into and out of St. John Baptist Bay, just north of Sitka. Iíll be using acoustic telemetry to monitor their behaviors to look for patterns in movement. This research will provide a better understanding of life history and behavior of juvenile sablefish before they recruit to the commercial fishery.
Student Career Goals:
Fisheries management and research

Advisor
Current Research Projects
  • Juvenile sablefish fine-scale movement patterns
Affiliations
  • Alaska Department of Fish & Game
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