2014 Chum Project Crew

The Sitka Sound Science Center is looking foreword to the arrival of our seasonal field crews, to begin the second summer sampling period of the Hatchery/Wild Chum Salmon Interaction Project. They are a highly talented group of individuals coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations. Together, they will spend 6 weeks visiting streams across Southeast Alaska gathering specimens and data for our study. Some have partaken in the project before, and some are brand new to the SSSC. Others still, will be experiencing Alaska for the first time. We welcome their arrival on July 17th.

Adam McDaniel

Adam is from Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota in 2013.  Since then, he has spent two summers working on research projects with white-tailed deer and is excited to start his first season with salmon.

Adrienne Wilber

Adrienne Wilber grew up in Sitka fishing on her dad’s troller, the Alexa K. After graduating from Sitka High School, she went to Carleton College for an undergraduate degree in geology. Since graduation in 2011 she’s spent most seasons sailing tall ships in different parts of the Pacific Ocean, from the Puget Sound to Tahiti. She is very happy to be back in Southeast for the summer.

Alaire Hughey

Alaire Hughey was born and raised in Sitka. After graduating from Sitka High School, she headed off to volunteer in a school in Guatemala for 6 months. She is currently in her first year of college, studying Environmental Science and Anthropology.

Ashley Bolwerk

Ashley Bolwerk is one of the Chum Project’s crew leaders. After spending last summer wading through creeks on the same project, she decided to come back for more! Ashley has a degree in Biology from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and grew up a Packers fan roughly an hour outside of Green Bay. After spending a semester student teaching, she fell in love with Sitka, and made the move permanent about three years ago. When not working on the Chum Project, Ashley can be found working as the education manager at the Sitka Sound Science Center, fly fishing, boating, tide pooling, basically anything on or near the marine environment.

Ben Campen

Ben grew up in Sitka Alaska and spent his childhood summers fishing, hunting, hiking and exploring western Admiralty Island. Ben has spent the last eight years commercial fishing – gillnetting, trolling and seining around Alaska. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Ecology.

Bryan Ferguson

Bryan is from central Pennsylvania where he currently works as lab manager of a fish research lab at Penn State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in fisheries biology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Penn State in wildlife and fisheries science. Bryan had the opportunity to work in southeast Alaska both for NSRAA and the SSSC as a fishery technician on the chum project and he is happy to be a part of this project again this year.

Dale Brandenburger

Dale Brandenburger was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After attending University of Maryland, he moved to Alaska in 1982. Dale received his degree in Environmental Science/ Fisheries from Sheldon Jackson College. He worked for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game from 1984 until 2012. He is currently working for Sitka Sound Science Center as crew leader aboard the Surveyor, collecting data for the Chum Salmon Hatchery/Wild Project. His hobbies include writing, martial arts, and playing music.

Derrick Miler

A native of New Franklin, Ohio, Derrick graduated with a B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster. After graduation he spent eight years participating in fisheries management and research in Montana and Wyoming. During his tenure with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Derrick participated in projects ranging from backcountry native cutthroat trout restoration to endangered pallid sturgeon telemetry research on the Missouri River. Outside of work, Derrick enjoys archery hunting, hiking, trapping, and fishing (of course).

Jarrod Yelton

Jarrod Yelton comes to us from the state of Wyoming, where he has grown up fishing and hunting throughout the state. Ever since hearing his father’s childhood stories from Kenai he has dreamt of living in Alaska. He currently studies Wildlife and Fisheries Management at the University of Wyoming where he has worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in their research lab for the past four years. Jarrod partook in the project in 2013 as well, having worked on a vessel based crew that covered Northern Southeast. He looks forward to the upcoming field season and the many adventures Alaska has to offer.

Kelly Laurence

After receiving a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern Colorado, Kelly spent three years in the Southwest working as a Water Quality Technician for the National Park Service. In 2011, she heeded the powerful call of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Oregon to pursue a career by the sea. Kelly completed a Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management from OSU in 2013 and now works seasonally for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Since moving to the coast she has happily added SCUBA and surfing to her list of fun things to do outside!

Meg Robinson

Meg is new to SSSC, having recently received her BA in Biology from Whitman College. Before arriving in Sitka, she spent two field seasons as a fisheries technician for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, where she first became interested in marine sciences. A Washington native, Meg enjoys climbing, skiing, and cooking in her spare time.

Scott Fox

Scott hails from eastern North Dakota where he earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota in May 2013. Since then Scott has worked with Sharp-tailed Grouse and Ring-necked Pheasants and is now looking forward to working with salmon. Scott’s career aspirations are to earn a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology (potentially studying raptors) and find a fun job with a state DNR or elsewhere. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, birding, and other outdoor activities.

Dylan Rhea-Fournier

Dylan grew up in Juneau and is an avid alpine skier. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from University of Oregon and a master's degree from University of Puerto Rico in soil ecology. He has worked for both Alaska Department of Fish and Game and NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Labs in various salmon projects, and most recently with ADFG studying bats.