I am in the QERM (Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management) program at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am interested in exploring various aspects of movement, survival and behavior of aquatic organims. The great question to me is: how do they manage to pull it off? - expecially in view of the variabity, both in space and time, of the aquatic environment.
I have spent some time quantifying the dispersal, migration and survival rates of freshwater fish in streams, in particular Pacific salmon populations, trying to infer from travel time data how heterogeneous the population is, how susceptible to predation they are, how various environmental factors (temperature, flow, turbidity) interact.
More recently, I have been interested in rethinking some ways researchers quantify animal movement data, and am hoping to apply some ideas to salmon and sturgeon in the Columbia river, marine mammals in the North Pacific, dugongs in Western Australia. The ultimate goal is to develop an objective way to infer behavioral switches and relate these to environmental covariates.
I am also actively involved in a joint American Russian project on Steller Sea Lion ecology, population dynamics and behavior in the Russian Far East (Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk). Here is an site about our work ... unfortunately, to date, it is only in Russian. My advisor is Jim Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences.