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Fantastic beasts and where to find them

New and weird species are being discovered all the time, and the latest is the Narungga Frogfish (Histiophryne narungga), which has just been described. The name honors the Narungga tribe of indigenous Australians who traditionally inhabited the lands in which it was found. The new species comes in a variety of dotted forms, occurs in southern and western Australia, and is a member of the order Lophiiformes. 

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The three pillars of fisheries sustainability

Fisheries management is often seen as a balancing act that aims for economic development, environmental protection and social development. Previous work shows that overfishing or other forms of poor ecological health, reduces economic profits; and it has long been assumed that pursuit of profits leads to poor social outcomes for fishing communities. But now a new analysis of 121 fisheries worldwide suggests this second assumption may not hold, based on scores of 68 different ecological, economic, and social metrics for each fishery. 

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Centennial Story 48: Nathan Taylor (Post Doc, 2006-2008) and Erin McClelland (MS 2004; PhD, 2008)

The SAFS alumni at our wedding

“Having recently moved, we sometimes find ourselves asking ‘how did we end up living in Madrid?’ The answer lies in part in our professional and personal experiences gained at SAFS.”
“While at SAFS, I studied salmon hatchery/wild interactions and growth through the lens of quantitative genetics with Kerry Naish”, says Erin. “I was also a teaching assistant for the Conservation Genetics class for several years, which had a considerable impact on my continued interest in science education.”
Nathan was at SAFS as a post-doctoral fellow from 2006 to 2008. 

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Centennial Story 47: Pam (MS, 1994; PhD, 2006) and Greg (PhD, 1990) Jensen

Pam on shoreline

Pam and Greg came to SAFS via two very different routes that converged on crabs. Pam grew up in Nevada and was a biology major at the University of Nevada Reno, with little idea of what she wanted to study in graduate school. Then, in an upper-level invertebrate biology class, the instructor had live marine invertebrates flown in. She was hooked and started looking for schools with marine programs. 

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Centennial Story 45: Eveline (Evi) Emmenegger (MS, 1994) and Blake Feist (MS, 1991; PhD, 1999)

Blake and Evi pose during a hike in Colorado in 1994, back when Blake had hair

Evi, the first child of Swiss emigrants, was born and raised in Alaska, where fish and fishing were a way of life. She spent her summers commercial fishing for salmon with her family on the Susitna Flats (between the Susitna and Little Susitna Rivers), just west of Anchorage, using set gillnets, living in a cabin precariously perched atop stilts above the intertidal flats, which served as her family’s “field station.” Evi also worked in a salmon roe cannery, where she was particularly adept at layering the top “show row” of eggs. 

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Centennial Story 44: Dawn Dougherty (MS, 2009; QERM) and Brandon Chasco (MS, 2004)

10 years and one kid later, Brandon, Dawn and Clara at the coast, 2018

Dawn and Brandon met at a Hilborn lab meeting when Brandon was reporting on a recent trip to the Serengeti. With a shared excitement for travel and unplanned adventure, they have spent the last ten years working and traveling together. After Dawn earned her MS degree with QERM, they moved from Seattle to Santa Barbara, where they worked with Chris Costello and Steve Gaines at the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB. 

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Centennial Story 43: Sarah Carter (MS, 1998) and Andrew Fayram (MS, 1996)

The family celebrating Sarah's dissertation completion at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in November 2014

Sarah and Andrew first met in Loveday Conquest’s QSCI 482 class. Statistics isn’t necessarily known for romance, so it’s not surprising that it wasn’t until the Fisheries Interdiscipinary Network of Students (FINS) transition meeting a couple of months later (Andrew was headed out, Sarah had just signed up) that they realized they liked each other. From that point on, Andy looked forward to class even more than usual (it was an excellent class) and thinks that his continued interest in statistics is a result. 

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Newly discovered fish species: the Polkadot Dwarfgoby

Oceanic discoveries of new species continue at pace, with a new species added to the 34,000 previously described: the Polkadot Dwarfgoby (Eviota maculosa). The new species occurs in New Guinea, Indonesia, and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, and is distinguished by unique fin patterns, distinctive genetics, and multiple rows of trident-like teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. 

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