Commencement 2008 | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | John A. Carlson Center

Degree candidates

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Degree and honors information
* Summer degree recipient
**December degree recipient

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, Dean

Baccalaureate | Master's | Doctoral

Baccalaureate Degrees

Valli Peterson

B.S., Fisheries


Master's Degrees

Molly McCall Boughan **

M.S., Oceanography: Geological. B.S., University of Missouri, 2003

Brian R. Cohn

M.S., Oceanography: Geological. B.S., Colorado State University, 2000

Abigail Ellsworth

M.S., Marine Biology. B.S., University of Wisconsion - Madison, 2003

Michael Raymond Garvin **

M.S., Fisheries. B.S., University of Washington, 1991

Katy Beth Howard *

M.S., Fisheries. B.S., California Baptist University, 2005

Beate Litz *

M.S., Marine Biology. B.S., University of California - Santa Cruz, 2001

Michael J. Malick *

M.S., Fisheries. B.S., Mansfield University (Pennsylvania), 2006

Sarah Ann Story Manes *

M.S., Oceanography: Biological. B.A., University of New Hampshire, 2001

Tracie Erin Merrill **

M.S., Marine Biology. B.S., University of Maine, 2004

Jeremy Mull **

M.S., Oceanography: Physical. B.S., University of California Santa Barbara, 2000

Sean Charles Rooney **

M.S., Fisheries. B.S., Humboldt State University (California), 1995

Erin Steiner

M.S., Fisheries. B.A., Connecticut College (Connecticut), 2003

Theresa Lynn Tanner *

M.S., Fisheries. B.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2003

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Doctoral Degrees

William Robert Bechtol

Ph.D. Fisheries

B.S., University of Washington, 1979. M.S., University of Alaska Southeast, 1990

Thesis: Abundance, Recruitment, and Environmental Forcing of Kodiak Red King Crab

A retrospective analysis was used to estimate Kodiak red king crab abundance during 1960 – 2004. The fishery likely collapsed due to high harvest rates and skewed sex ratios. A spawner-recruitment analysis with environmental factors showed different regimes of stock productivity, with the current low crab abundance associated with increased Pacific cod.

Major Professor: Dr. Gordon H. Kruse

Elizabeth Suzanne Gustafson *

Ph.D. Oceanography: Biological

B.S., Portland State University (Oregon), 1994

Thesis: Adaptations of the Bacterial Flywheel for Optimal Mineral Cycling in Oligotrophic Surface Waters

Nutrient cycling in a subarctic oligotrophic lake was explored using current kinetic theory for organisms adapted to low nutrient environments with emphasis on bacterial contributions to system function. Quasi-steady state formulae describe bacteria as a flywheel in nutrient cycling which link kinetics to specific cytoarchitectural properties.

Major Professor: Dr. Don K. Button

Ronald A. Heintz

Ph.D. Fisheries

B.S., University of Illinois, 1979. M.S., University of Alaska Southeast, 1987

Thesis: Effects of Adult Salmon Carcasses on the Energy Allocation Strategies of Juvenile Salmonids

This thesis examined how juvenile fish use the marine-derived energy imported into streams by adult salmon. Juvenile coho salmon directly acquired marine-derived energy by consuming adult salmon tissues, while Dolly Varden relied on indirect processes. These differences likely affect the life history strategies used by these fish.

Major Professor: Dr. Michael S. Stekoll

Matthew John Myers

Ph.D. Marine Biology

B.S., University of Colorado, 1986. B.S., Colorado State University, 1997

Thesis: Organochlorines in Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)

The relationship of contaminant loads to hormone levels was investigated in Steller sea lions. Baseline concentrations were identified for the thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine, and cortisol. Possible risk effects were examined by comparing levels of organochlorines in captive and free-ranging sea lions to known physiological thresholds.

Major Professor: Dr. Shannon Atkinson

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