Frisk Lab Barbeque – 2018.  From left: Kim Knoll, Oliver Shipley, Michael Frisk, Tara Dolan, Joshua Zacharias, Catherine Ziegler and Matt Siskey.  Lab members Evan Ingram and Kellie McCartin are not shown in the picture.


AFS 2011 - Seattle, Washington

AFS 2011 – Seattle, Washington


Research Technicians

Joshua Zacharias (2014-present).

Amanda Stigliano (2019-present).

Michael Fogg (2019-present).


Current Graduate Students

Meredith Whitten (2019-present). Ph.D student.

Oliver Shipley (2016-present).  Ph.D student.

Tara Dolan (2015-present). Ph.D. student.  Co-advised Dr. McElroy.

Evan Ingram (2014-present).  Ph.D. student.

Past Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Matthew Siskey (2020). Implications of partial migration, redefined stock structure, and depleted age structure for stock assessment of winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus).

Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Washington\Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Supervisors Drs. James Thorson and Andre Punt).

Kellie McCartin (2019). Ecological and Management Implications of Restored Habitat Access for Anadromous River Herring. 170pp.

Current employment: Professor in the Biology department at Suffolk County Community College.

Christopher Martinez (2014). Diversity of skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) and the spatial structure of  NW Atlantic communities. 157pp.

Current employment: Postdoctoral Associate. Department of Evolution and Ecology. University of California Davis (Supervisor: Peter Wainwright).

Past employment: Gerstner Scholar & Lerner-Gray Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Ichthyology, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History.

Keith Dunton (2014). Determining the connectivity among and fine-scale habitat-use within Atlantic sturgeon aggregation areas in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Implications for gear restricted management areas to reduce bycatch and improve population status. 207pp.

Current employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

Past employment: Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Delaware State University.

Skyler Sagarese (2013). Assessing Spiny Dogfish migration and population dynamics in the Northwest Atlantic. 214pp.

Current employment: Research Ecologist, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FL.

Past employment: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.


M.S. Students

Catherine Ziegler (2017). Migration diversity, spawning behavior, and temperature selection of Winter Flounder.

Current employment: Division of Marine Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 126pp.

Tyler Abruzzo (2015). Analyzing spatial and temporal trends in the community structure of the Peconic Bay estuary. 179pp.

Current employment: Wetland Biologist, H2M architects + engineers.

Joshua Zacharias (2014). Ecology of Western Atlantic skates.

Current employment: Research technician in the Frisk laboratory.

Tess Geers (2012). Co-advised by Dr. Ellen Pikitch. Developing an ecosystem based approach to management of the Gulf menhaden fishery using Ecopath with Ecosim.

Current employment: Oceana, Washington, DC.

Martha Divver (2012). Co-advised by Dr. Robert Cerrato. White Perch population ecology in the Carman’s River and Great South Bay: Exploring partial migration and contingent habitat use.

Current employment: Fish Biologist with EA Engineering, Hunt Valley, MD.

Anna Webb (2011). Co-advised by Dr. Ellen Pikitch. Fishing impacts on under-represented species in fishery management.

Current employment: Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Boston, MA.

Matthew Nuttall (2010). Historical recount of the Great South Bay ecosystem, Long Island, New York and a quantitative assessment of the ecosystem structure of Great South Bay using Ecopath. 200pp.

Current employment: Ph.D. student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.

Carolyn Hall (2009). Damming of Maine’s watersheds and the consequences for coastal ecosystems  with a focus on River Herring: A four century analysis. 159pp.

Current employment: Independent Fisheries Researcher focused on River Herring, Brooklyn, New York.

Skyler Sagarese (2009).  Inshore movements, residency, and abundance of adult Winter Flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, and piscivorous predation on young-of-the-year Winter Flounder within coastal bays of Long Island and an investigation of the effect of temperature and photoperiod on vertebral band deposition in Little Skate, Leucoraja erinacea. 139pp.

Current employment: See above.

Melissa Yencho (2009).  Abundance, mortality, age and growth of young-of-the-year Winter Flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, in two locations on Long Island. 79pp.

Current employment: Fisheries Statistics Division, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, MD.


Past Post-doctoral Researchers

Jill Olin (2015-2018).

Current employment: Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931.

Adrian Jordaan (2008, 2010-2012).

Current employment: Associate Professor, Fish Population Ecology and Conservation, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA.

Lyndie Hice (2010-2013).  Co-advised by Dr. Anne McElroy.

Current employment: Research Coordinator, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Dover, DE.