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). Not pictured: Sajna Hussain (Post-doc Fellow)


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.

Sajna Hussain
I was born and brought up in Kerala situated on the southwest coast of India. I earned my Zoology Graduation and Post-Graduation degrees from Mahatma Gandhi University, followed by a PhD in Climate Change Impacts on Marine Fisheries from Mangalore University in India. Over a decade’s career, I held roles such as Senior Research Fellow in the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (ICAR-CMFRI-NICRA), a Young Professional in the Food, Gender Equality, and Climate Impact project (ICAR-CIFT-University of Sterling) and as a Project Scientist at the Ministry of Earth Sciences – CMLRE, contributing to the Fishery Resources and Habitat Assessment project. All my previous works focused on climate change impacts on marine fisheries, ecosystems and societies. Currently, I’m a CICOES post-doc fellow at the Fishery Oceanography Lab, exploring size/stage specific distributional shifts of fish species in response to climate-induced Ecosystem changes through developing ontogenetic Species distribution models. My area of interest involves interdisciplinary research exploring the impacts of climate change on Marine Fishery and Ecology and understanding their broader implications in society through fishery resource management, enhancing resilience.

Current students

Jennifer Wong-Ala (she/her/hers) 
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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.

Haley Elizabeth Carlton
I grew up in central New Jersey and earned my B.S. in Environmental Science from Drexel University in Philly. While there, I was extensively involved with research through three co-ops and university labs studying both fisheries and coastal processes. Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I worked with the National Park Service at Lake Powell studying water quality and quagga mussels. My current research focuses on food web dynamics and community ecology of ichthyoplankton in fjords impacted by marine-terminating glaciers in Greenland. I am examining these processes through historical analyses, stable isotopes, and morphology of several ecologically and economically important fish species.  

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.

Jake Marshall
I grew up in San Diego where I spent much of my free time surfing, fishing, and free diving. I earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA and then went on to Oregon State University where I am in the process of attaining a M.S. in Marine Resource Management. My current work is focused on developing spatiotemporal models of Pacific hake along the coast of Oregon, Washington, and Canada. Using future predictive regional ocean modeling systems, these models have the capacity to predict hake distributions up to 8 months into the future. My goal is to develop and use these models to inform sustainable and equitable ecosystem based fisheries management.

Rhiannon Carlile
Though I was born in Fresno, California I moved around in my childhood before my family settled in Omaha, Nebraska. I received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Water Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am currently pursuing a M.S. in Marine Resource Management at OSU where my research focuses on using beam trawl survey data and multiple statistical methods to analyze the spatial abundance and distribution of commercially important nearshore groundfish here in Oregon. My goal is to combine quantitative analysis with ecosystem-based management to prepare for future work in fisheries management.


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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