Julian Olden –  Associate Professor

I’m an ecologist at the University of Washington, active in conservation, science communication and consuming flat whites and craft beer. Co-direct.

Phone: (206) 616-3112

Email: olden@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 318A

OUR TEAM

Lise

Post-doctoral Researcher
Research
My main focus is to understand why species occur where they do, and what makes them vulnerable to global environmental changes. Specifically, my research combines both ecological and evolutionary theories to study the processes shaping species niches and the fluctuations in geographical range limits through space and time. I am also interested in the application of this knowledge to inform conservation and management and better anticipate biodiversity responses in a rapidly changing world.
Contact

Lise Comte

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: lise.comte@univ-tlse3.fr

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 315B

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Vincent

PhD Student
Research
After my Master’s degree in phytoplankton ecology with Beatrix Beisner (University of Quebec in Montreal) and a short stint as an analyst in the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to come here to further my education. My project focuses on the patterns, drivers and ecological impacts of water level fluctuations in small lakes of the Puget Sound Lowlands. I am using volunteer monitoring data gathered in partnership with various county agencies and my own field measurements to answer my research questions.
Contact

Vincent O. Jobin

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: vjobin@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317A

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Elliot

MS Student

Research

Research Statement

I got a degree in mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno before joining the UW QERM Program. I’m broadly interested in using quantitative methods in freshwater ecology, environmental conservation, and resource management. My current research focuses on the effect of wildfire disturbance on stream thermal regimes in the Pacific Northwest. In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, I’m utilizing long-term temperature monitoring data, multivariate analyses and spatially-explicit watershed data to analyze the potential impacts of wildfire on thermal conditions and the implications for freshwater species in various thermal guilds.
Contact

Elliot Koontz

Email: ekoontz@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 315A

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Beka

MS Student

Research
Contact

Rebekah Stiling

Email:stilir@uw.edu

Lauren

Research Scientist

Research
I became a research scientist in the FEC Lab following completion of her MS in 2012. My research touches on many aspects of freshwater conservation but tends to focus on detection and management of invasive species (especially aquatic invasive plants) as well issues of local conservation importance in Washington State. One of my favorite things about my position and research is that I am able to build partnerships with many agencies and stakeholders to help promote better and more informed on-the-ground conservation and management actions.
Contact

Lauren Kuehne

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: lkuehne@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 315B

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Erika

PhD Student
Research
After my career as a pilot in the Navy, I became interested in invasion biology and the mechanisms that control secondary spread. My dissertation research centers around the smallmouth bass invasion in the Columbia River Basin. Through extensive field research, I examine the factors that limit or promote upstream spread in headwater streams and convert these data into species distribution models and population dynamics models to inform management.
Contact

Erika S. Blurb

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: esuther@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317B

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Mathis

MS Student

Research
My research currently focuses on biological invasions in river systems. Specifically, my Master’s thesis aims to understand and predict the leading edge dynamics of a population of invasive crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) in the John Day River, a major tributary of the Columbia River in Oregon. In addition, I am trying to understand how native species traits are related to the ability of exotic species to invade freshwater fish communities.
Contact

Mathis Messager

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: messamat@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317C

Jane

PhD Student
Research
My research is focused on metacommunity and food web dynamics of fishes in dryland streams of the American Southwest
Contact

Jane Fencl

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: jfencl@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317C

Thiago

PhD Student
Research
I’m a PhD student in SAFS program interested in conservation and ecology of rivers and their inhabitants(OK, fishes are way more fascinating, but I also like other things that fish eat). My research focus on habitat fragmentation, limnology and population/community ecology. For my dissertation, I’m studying the current expansion of small hydropower dams and their effects on river ecosystems and communities across the landscape. Fieldwork is being conducted in the Chapecó River (Uruguay Basin) in the Southern Brazil.
Contact

Thiago B. A. Couto

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: coutot@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317A

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Will

MS Student

Research
I am a Master’s student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program (QERM) at the University of Washington. My research involves inferring how freshwater fishes in the American southwest holistically respond to patterns in streamflow and incorporating this knowledge into an optimization framework that seeks to design dam operations and environmental flows that would benefit native fishes and deter undesired, non-native fishes without sacrificing the water needs of human society.
Contact

Will Chen

Phone: (206) 685-9582

Email: wchen16@uw.edu

Office: Fisheries Bld, Room 317B

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