SAFS students, faculty, and staff contribute towards the understanding and advancement of aquatic and fishery resources in order to best manage and sustain them—now and for future generations.

Our alumni have gone on to lend their talents in many sectors, including academia, government and nonprofit agencies, and consulting firms. They also continue to engage in and contribute to the SAFS community in multiple ways, such as giving guest lectures and serving on thesis committees.

SAFS community members include on-campus and external research and education partners and our generous donors. Often, our external partners not only collaborate with SAFS investigators on research projects, they also offer research and educational opportunities to our students. A significant number of external partners have hired our graduates.

Read through our alumni features and news stories to see how SAFS graduates are making an impact in the world and pursuing their passion. Alumni are invited to contact the school regarding upcoming events and personal updates. We appreciate your thoughts on how we can maintain an active community and invite you to interact with current students and faculty.

Meet Our Alumni

Milo-AdkisonMilo Adkinson, PhD,1994, was born and raised in Alaska. While at SAFS, he developed a mathematical model to show the limits of salmon populations’ ability to adapt to their local environment. He described the model as “useful for determining when we might expect populations to have important local adaptations and be vulnerable to genetic pollution from planted fish or hatchery strays.”

Milo’s passion for teaching and for Alaskan salmon fisheries led him to his current position as a professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.



Kristy Forgsen, PhD, 2010, is a first-generation college student whose fascination with fishes and fisheries led her to SAFS. While at SAFS, she conducted basic research on the roles of sex steroids in early ovarian development in coho salmon. Kristy commented, “little is known about early ovarian development in fishes, and this research provided important information on sex steroid regulation of the ovary in prepubescent fish.”

Kristy is an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton.

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