Meet our current MRM-ers!

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Marine Resource Management, “focus areas” need not be restrictive. Rather, students have the opportunity to craft research and programs of study that bridge disciplines and perspectives, overlap in scope and have a component of management in all of them. You can see this in the work of many of our students.

MRM 2021

Nurmalia (Lia) Adroli

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change

Lia earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, and then began working for Indonesia's mining industry under the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises where she supported environmental mining policy-making and implementation. Concerned about the impact on the ocean of the residual metal from the mining purity process, in 2019 Lia earned scholarships from Fulbright and International Peace to continue her graduate studies. Lia’s MRM research focuses on iron fertilization to the ocean. Her next step will be a Ph.D. program, after which she will return to Indonesia and continue to be a leader in her field.

Megan Considine

Fisheries and aquaculture

Megan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in marine science, during which she found her passion for oyster restoration work and outdoor education. She decided to pursue an MRM degree to gain a more holistic perspective on the natural environment. For her thesis, Megan is working with the commercial oyster aquaculture industry to detect and prevent an emergent nuisance species that harms product quality.

Nicolás (Nico) X. Gómez Andújar

Fisheries and aquaculture

Nico graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, and he came to the MRM program to learn critical social science methods needed to facilitate island sustainability. Nico researches coastal socio-ecological systems in tropical islands focusing on understanding fisher-folks’ cooperative adaptation strategies to socio-environmental change in Puerto Rico. 

Ashley Hann

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change / Marine science education and engagement

Ashley is fueled by her fascination with the natural world and desire to facilitate meaningful and sustainable interactions with the marine environment for others. Before starting graduate school, she received her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and went on to work as an experiential educator in the Channel Islands. Ashley’s research is focused on zooplankton assemblages in the Western Antarctic Peninsula, the effectiveness of current assessment tools for management and research, and increasing audiences’ experience, understanding and appreciation of polar environments.

Toby Harbison

Fisheries and aquaculture

Toby is a professional science communicator who has worked with private companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Her work has fostered stewardship of the natural world through citizen science, environmental education and wilderness tourism in regions across the western U.S., including Southeast Alaska and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. She joined the MRM program to deepen her understanding of how spatial-temporal analysis can improve fisheries management with the goal of facilitating the integration of geospatial technologies into small-scale fisheries in the developing world.

Ashley Pfeiffer

Fisheries and aquaculture

Ashley joined the MRM program with a bachelor's degree in marine science-biology from the University of Tampa. Ashley's post-undergrad experience as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Tanzania cultivated a passion for seeking community-centered development approaches to fisheries management in the Horn of Africa region.

Graham Shaw

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change

Graham is a native Oregonian who earned his bachelor’s degree in ecological engineering from Oregon State. Working with economist Steven Dundas, Graham’s MRM research focuses on determining how a coastal habitat restoration project outside the city of Tillamook impacted the city’s local economy. Graham came to the MRM program because he believes that more work needs to be done to study, value and protect ecosystems on land, at sea and everywhere in between.

Linus Stoltz

Fisheries and aquaculture / Marine industry

Linus received his bachelor's in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After graduation he began working for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries where he became enthralled with cooperative fisheries research. Working alongside fishermen to solve problems detrimental to the trawl shrimp fishery set him on the path to pursue a master’s degree in the MRM program, where his research has him working with the Dungeness crab fishing community to better understand the spatial extent of seasonal hypoxia in shelf waters.

Johna Winters

Marine industry

Johna’s research, focusing on sexual harassment policy development and implementation in the academic ocean research fleet, spans the fields of sociology, oceanography and policy. Johna takes pride in her research. She states that the MRM program is the perfect fit for her because its interdisciplinary nature has allowed her to tackle a research project that doesn’t fit into a single discipline, and contributes toward a more inclusive future for science.


MRM 2022

Laura Baker

Fisheries and aquaculture

Laura is a native Oregonian who grew up hiking, farming and logging in the forests of Cascadia, where she learned firsthand about stewardship and management of natural resources. Laura came to MRM so that she could continue to build skills and tools to help people who live in coastal communities and rely on the ocean’s resources. She is excited to work with people to continue to manage our resources well by bringing science, management, policy and people together. 

Jennifer Beaullieu

Fisheries and aquaculture

After attaining a B.S. at Georgia Southern University and researching bottlenose dolphins at Savannah State University, Jennifer wanted to turn her focus to the intertwining of marine science, public policy, community, economics and ethical action. She was happy to join the MRM program, which spans these disciplines and acknowledges and acts upon their interface.

John Dickens

Pollution, Invasive Species, and Water Quality

Growing up on the Atlantic coast of Northern Florida, John played in heavy metal bands and surfed the local pier. After earning a B.A. in English, John dove headfirst into sustainable agriculture, working on farms on the West Coast, and eventually found himself as a field technician in salamander, avian and marine ecology. His experience with many different ecosystems revealed a passion for ecological conservation and research, ultimately leading him to OSU and a project in the Brander lab assessing risks posed by emergent contaminants for important estuarine species.

Laurel Field

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change / Fisheries and aquaculture

Laurel comes to the MRM program with an intertidal ecology background. She joined the program to gain policy and management expertise that will help her to conduct applied, interdisciplinary ocean research. Laurel’s thesis research assesses global Marine Protected Area effectiveness and progress towards international targets for ocean protection. 

Julianne (Annie) Merrill

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change / Fisheries and aquaculture

Annie is a self-proclaimed a social justice warrior, environmentalist, wildlife lover and outdoor enthusiast. Annie received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Westminster College – Salt Lake in 2018. She came to the MRM program because she’s passionate about ocean conservation and want to use her scientific skill set to inform responsible policies and management strategies that reflect sustainability. 

Becky Smoak

Fisheries and aquaculture

Becky earned her B.S. in Earth and environmental science from Washington State University. Her graduate studies focus on developing phytoplankton-based indicators of food quality, work that could benefit state agencies, NOAA fisheries management and the fishing industry. Becky is a team player and her research is a collaboration between scientists at OSU and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  

Rhianna Thurber

Coastal processes, hazards, and climate change / Fisheries and aquaculture

Rhianna comes to MRM by way of Maui, Hawaii, where she spent the last five years working with her favorite marine species: North Pacific humpback whales. She’s an avid advocate for ocean conservation, especially with individuals outside the scientific community. Rhianna came to the MRM program to increase her understanding of marine conservation from a more direct management and policy perspective, and as a way to gain access to greater future career opportunities.

Laura Vary

Fisheries and aquaculture

Laura Vary was born and raised in Windham, Maine and moved to California to study marine and coastal science at the University of California at Davis. She moved to Oregon to chase a long-standing dream of living in the Pacific Northwest and currently studies larval groundfishes in the Bering Sea to investigate their resilience to climate change. 

L. Austin Williams

Fisheries and aquaculture

Austin is a rock climbing, woodworking, water-sport enthusiast. His research addresses barriers to sustainable shellfish aquaculture by focusing on best management practices to control native ghost shrimp and invasive eelgrass in estuarine environments. Austin is an entrepreneur and comes to OSU with a decade of experience in many interdisciplinary fields, from seafloor mapping to seafood production. He holds a B.S. in marine biology and a certificate in mesophotic seafloor ecology.