Current lab members

From left: Sarah Stone (MS Student), Jake Marshall (MS Student), Haley Carlton (PhD Student), Lorenzo Ciannelli (Faculty), Jenn Wong-Ala (PhD Student), Kaia (Lab mascot), Caren Barcelo (Post-doc Scholar), Rebecca Howard (PhD Student), Eden Borkowski (Student Intern)


Lorenzo Ciannelli
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Born and raised on the island of Ischia, in the Bay of Napoli (Italy). At the OSU since 2007. My main research interest is in fisheries oceanography, which is the study of how ocean physical, and biogeochemical processes affecting fish populations and communities. Much of my work focuses on fish eggs, larvae, and juvenile stages. In recent years, I have been involved in the development and implementation of transdisciplinary research and educational programs among students and researchers from different disciplinary and personal backgrounds. These efforts have led to my involvement in new research projects with natural, quantitative, and social scientists, and to new curriculum development on collaborative and interdisciplinary team work.

Current students

Jennifer Wong-Ala

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I am originally from the coastal town of Waimānalo, O’ahu and have earned a Bachelors of Science in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa and an Associate of Science in Natural Science with a concentration in Physical Science from Kapi’olani Community College. My research interests include investigating how larval behavior and physical oceanography influence recruitment, retention, and population connectivity of economically important fisheries with my tool of choice being mathematical models in R. 

Rebecca Howard 
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I’m originally from the Sacramento, California area and received my B.S. in Aquatic Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to beginning my graduate education at OSU, I worked as a North Pacific groundfish observer in Dutch Harbor, AK and completed a service year with AmeriCorps at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA. I received my M.S. in Marine Resource Management in Fall 2020 here at OSU, and am staying in the lab to pursue a Ph.D. My research interests include spatiotemporal dynamics of commercially important fisheries, climate-biology relationships, and applications of fisheries research to policy and management. Currently I am using multiple types of statistical analyses to better understand how environmental variability has influenced changes in the Oregon nearshore groundfish trawl fishery. My research explores relationships between nearshore groundfishes and ocean conditions through the use of fishery-independent and -dependent data along with climate indices and oceanographic data.

Sarah Stone 

Originally from Fernandina Beach, Florida, I moved to South Carolina to earn my B.S. in both Economics and International Business at UofSC. While completing my undergraduate degree, I became involved in research regarding the impacts of climate change on zooplankton. My current research interests focus on the impacts of climate change on ecologically and commercially important fishes across multiple life history stages, as well as analyzing the socioeconomic impact changes in fish stock have on communities. My ultimate goal is to conduct interdisciplinary science, synthesizing natural and social science data for use by natural resource managers and community stakeholders.


Giancarlo H. Morón Correa 
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I was born in Lima, Peru, where I spent almost my whole life. I received a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Fisheries Sciences at the Major University of San Marcos (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, UNMSM, the oldest university in America). Prior to beginning my graduate education at OSU, I worked for 4 years as a fisheries scientist at the Marine Instituto of Peru (Instituto del Mar del Peru, IMARPE). During that time, I also pursued MS studies in applied mathematics at UNMSM. My research interests include spatiotemporal dynamics of commercially important fisheries, especially in the northern Humboldt Current System and the Bering Sea, fish stock assessment models, and individual-based models. My current research focuses on incorporating spatiotemporal variability in life-history traits in fish stock assessment models. I speak Spanish, English, and basic Italian. I love playing soccer and dancing salsa.

Laura Vary

I was born and raised in Windham, Maine and moved to California to earn my B.S. in marine and coastal science from the University of California at Davis. I focused my degree on marine ecology and organismal biology, and realized my love for fishes through my undergraduate research experiences. I first researched the morphological evolution of teleost fishes, and later transitioned to serving as a Science Crew lead for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program through the Bodega Marine Laboratory chapter. My current research interests focus on the early life stages (ichthyoplankton) of ecologically and commercially valuable fishes. I use ichthyoplankton and climate data to investigate species’ capacity for adaptation given current climate projections. Understanding these aspects of fishes’ life history has the potential to improve fisheries management. My ultimate goal is to increase the resilience and sustainability of our marine ecosystems.

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