Key skills: aquatic ecology, marine and coastal ecology, fisheries, climate change adaptation, genetics, data analysis and visualization, technical writing and editing.
Matthew recently joined ESSA’s Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences team in April of 2018. He comes with a diverse research background that spans basic and applied research questions across freshwater, marine and intertidal systems. He hopes to bring a multifaceted perspective on ecological dynamics to help resource managers and stakeholders overcome challenges inherent in socio-ecological systems.
Matthew holds a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked on the conservation genetics of hybridizing native cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout. During university, he also participated in the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Alaska, Southeast in Juneau, working on heat shock protein expression in response to crude oil exposure in the zebrafish model. After graduating from CU Boulder, Matthew moved to Anchorage, Alaska and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their respective fisheries genetics laboratories. In 2011, Matthew completed his M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, where he collaborated with colleagues at DFO to investigate population genetic structure in Yelloweye rockfish. He continued his studies at UBC and completed his Ph.D. in ecophysiology where he addressed gaps in climate change research by investigating the effect of heat stress at the physiological, individual and population level in an intertidal copepod. During this time he also held a research internship with Parks Canada, and helped characterize aspects of eelgrass fish assemblages. Outside of consulting, Matthew enjoys the occasional kayak and backpacking trip with his lovely girlfriend, mucking about in his garden, grilling on his Weber, and hopes to put more energy into his woodworking if his spoiled dog will ever let him.