Alumni

At Kwiáht we are proud of the scientists, teachers and students that have helped build our research and monitoring programs since 2006.  Some of them are honored here – our Hall of Fame for friends and colleagues that have moved on to new challenges!

Former Board Members

 
Beverly Zapalac (Trustee 2012-2017) studied architecture at the University of California-Berkeley and University of Texas-Austin, and worked in architectural firms for 40 years in research and design, mainly commercial structures until retiring in 1995. Beverly also serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of the San Juan Islands and is a docent for the Keepers of the Patos Light.
Richard Lee (Trustee 2013-2016) retired as coordinator for the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program in 2012. He was also a Marine Science Education Specialist for the University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program and Dean of the Juneau-Douglas Community College in Alaska. He taught high school in Hawaii and California, and taught courses in Ornithology, Marine Biology, and Resource Conservation for the University of California (Santa Barbara) Extension Program. He has a Ph.D in ichthylology from the University of California and lives on Orcas Island.
Bob Gamble (Trustee 2006-2015; Chair 2006-2009) is a familiar face in the San Juan Islands, a Washington State Ferry worker and community activist with a long history of public service including chairing the San Juan County Planning Commission. Bob divides his time between Orcas Island and Waldron.

Dr. Gene Helfman (Trustee 2009-2012) taught ichthyology, animal behavior, and conservation biology at the University of Georgia for many years, and authored books on fish conservation book and ichthyology.  Gene also serves on a National Marine Fisheries Service Salmon Recovery Panel, and the San Juan County’s Salmon Recovery Technical Advisory Group.  He and his wife, Judy Meyer, retired and moved to Lopez in 2007. 

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Shannon Hoffman (Trustee 2006-2009) has training in Low Impact Development  (LID) engineering and wetland delineation, and was employed by San Juan County as a storm water technician before going into private consulting practice.  Shannon has also been a member of the Board of the San Juan County Conservation District Board of Supervisors.    An artist and co-founder of the Lo-Co arts cooperative and gallery, Shannon raised her family on Lopez Island.

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Dr. Larry Moulton (Trustee 2006-2008) has over 30 years experience in North Pacific and Alaskan fisheries including managing studies on freshwater, anadromous and marine fisheries and the effects of harvest or habitat alteration on aquatic populations.  He served on the committee of the National Research Council charged with identifying cumulative environmental impacts of present and future oil and gas development on Alaska’s North Slope.  He lives on Lopez Island.

Shann Weston (Trustee 2008-2010) is well known as an environmental sciences teacher at Skagit Valley College and Spring Street International School, and more recently as the coordinator of the Washington State University Beach Watchers program in the San Juan Islands.  Shann is a long-time resident of San Juan Island.

Former Associates and Interns

 

Dr. Jack Bell is an analytical chemist with extensive experience in identification and measurement of environmental toxics.  In addition to teaching at the university level and conducting environmental research, Dr. Bell helped scientific instrument manufacturers design, test, and market new analytical tools.  At Kwiaht, he provided technical support to water quality studies and supervises the training of interns in chromatography and mass spectrometry.  Dr. Bell was born and raised on San Juan Island.

Dr. Anne Beaudreau is a native Rhode Islander who relocated to Washington State after earning her AB in biology at Harvard to pursue a graduate degree in fishery and aquatic sciences at the University of Washington.  Her graduate research focused on the role of lingcod in nearshore marine ecosystems of the San Juan Islands.  At Kwiaht, Anne helped train and supervise citizen science teams.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Anne won a tenure track position at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Charlie Behnke is an enthusiastic naturalist and hunter-gatherer with extensive firsthand knowledge of birds, fungi and plants, and a B.Sc. from the Evergreen State College in biology, ecology and food systems.  A Northwest native, he worked as a field naturalist for the Alamos Wildlands Alliance in Sonora, Mexico, as an assistant teacher at a bird banding station in southeast Oregon, and researching plant ecology along the Colorado River.  Charlie now calls San Juan Island home.

Aileen Murphy grew up in Portland, Maine and earned her BA from Smith College before moving to San Juan Island in 2008.  Formerly a naturalist and earth science teacher at San Joaquin Outdoor Education, in 2010-2012 she worked both as a sea kayak guide and as the science educator and volunteer coordinator for the Friday Harbor Marine Health Observatory.

Kelley Palmer-McGee is a Lopez-born graduate in wildlife biology and ornithology at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College with extensive training in bird identification, handling and banding from the Seattle Audubon Society.  In 2017 Kelley received her degree in nursing. Kelley helped organize and train the Fisherman Bay bird monitoring team in 2010, and the Iceberg Point seabird monitoring team in 2011.  She is also an accomplished artist and a nurse.

Audrey Thompson holds a Master’s degree in organismal biology at the University of Montana with a thesis on trophic dynamics and marine-derived nutrient cycling in rivers of the Western Kamchatka tundra, where she studied for three years. Now a biologist with the Wild Fish Conservancy, Audrey has worked on Rainbow trout in Icicle Creek; sea lice/aquaculture research on Vancouver Island; local restoration and conservation projects; and nearshore salmon trophic ecology for Kwiaht.

Amanda Wedow grew up in suburban Chicago, relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2004 to pursue interests in agriculture and natural science at the Evergreen State College, where she obtained degrees in botany and biology.  After participating in field studies in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona, Amanda moved to Lopez Island in 2010 where she worked as a wildlife biologist at Kwiaht and co-founder of the Lopez Island Conservation Corps.

Anne Harmann holds a BA in neuroscience from Carleton College and took advanced training as a Pelagic Ecosystem Research Apprentice at Friday Harbor Labs.  She worked as a naturalist and field science educator at the Moran Outdoor School and the Olympic Park Institute, and shared her love of sea kayaking and marine ecology through guiding in the islands and abroad.  She now works at Montana State University.

Nia Bartolucci was a laboratory assistant for genetics at Kwiaht's genotyping facility while she was studying at Lopez Island High School in 2010-2012.  At Kwiaht, she completed an independent screening study for GMOs in locally used seeds and feeds that influenced local debate over making San Juan Islands agriculture GMO-free.
Eliana Blaine was a summer intern in chemistry in 2009, and returned as a lab technician (immunoassays and mass spectrometry) in summer 2010 and 2011.  A native of Orcas, she graduated from Wellesley College in 2012 and is working in Boston.    
Brook Brouwer, born and raised on Lopez Island, studied biology at Colorado College and researched land-use change and nitrogen cycling at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories, MA and the Flathead Lake Biological Station, MT, and for Kwiaht, the biogeochemistry of camas cultivation and anthropogenic fires.  Brook's graduate work focuses on small grain crops. Brook is now the San Juan County Director of Extension for WSU.
Sophie Kan, a French-Dutch biology student at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, conducted surveys of Island Marble butterfly eggs and caterpillars for Kwiaht in summer 2008 and 2010 and investigated the genetics of the Pieridae.  Butterfly ecology continues to be a family focus: see http://www.filming-varwild.com/
Jen Reeve was an analytical chemistry intern in summer 2009, and a lab assistant in our genotyping facility in 2010, before leaving Lopez for undergraduate studies at Haverford, and research on salt marsh biogeochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Sam Barr grew up on Lopez to a family with ancient roots on the island.  After working as an analytical chemistry assistant with Kwiaht in 2007-2009 when he was a high school student, Sam studied civil engineering and environmental science at the University of Washington.  A member of the Samish Indian Nation, he works as a Cultural Specialist for the Stillaguamish Tribe, and is a Skipper for the Samish and Stillaguamish Canoe Families.
Hannah Snow served as an after-school assistant in entomology while completing her studies at Friday Harbor High School in 2009.  Hannah won a Young Investigators award to work as an assistant in the biomechanics lab at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor campus, then enrolled in the civil and environmental engineering program, where she coordinates the Engineers Without Borders program.
Samantha Palace assisted with cutthroat genotyping in summer 2009 while she was an undergraduate in biology and genetics at Clark University.  Sam worked on the bubonic plague bacterium as a laboratory assistant at the University of Massachusetts and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts medical school.
Bethy Rogers-Pachico has a B.A. in chemistry from Reed College, a Masters in geographic information systems from the University of Washington, and a passion for analyzing the spatial and temporal patterns in environmental datasets. She worked as an analytical chemist measuring particulate air pollution and metallic water pollution before joining Kwiáht as coordinator of the Friday Harbor Marine Health Observatory from 2012-2015. In 2014 she taught GIS mapping to Kwiáht’s Conservation Technician in the STEM With Boots On program. She is most interested in tidal modeling and terrestrial remote sensing but also enjoys looking under the docks for nudibranchs.
Kelly Rose graduated from Antioch University with a focus in Eco-psychology and was Programs Director at Ballona Wetlands, the last coastal wetlands in Los Angeles. During ten years in LA she honed her skills as an urban naturalist through outreach, grantwriting, education and habitat restoration projects aimed at inspirting environmental stewardship thorugh team building and communication. She left Southern Califronia in 2012 and worked as Kwiaht's Indian Island Marine Health Observatory Coordinator on Orcas from 2013-2015.
Rainah Sandstrom received her B.A. from Western Washington University in English literature with research focused on Iranian film and specialized skills in creative writing. Rainah has always had a certain fondness for all things science. She interned at the UW Friday Harbor Marine Labs throughout high school and then tutored science and English at the local middle and high schools. She worked as Kwiaht's Friday Harbor Marine Health Observatory coordinator from 2015-2016.
Cheri Lanham has always had a strong interest in the natural sciences. She has participated in many science experiments exploring bioluminescence and Circadian rhythm, competed in the National Marine Science Bowl, and volunteered with various organizations such as the Whale Museum. She dedicates her free time to ballet, music, and coding. She worked as Kwiaht's Friday Harbor Marine Health Observatory coordinator from 2016-2017.