Current Lab Members & Affiliates

Aaron Galloway; PhD, Assistant Professor, OIMB (PI)


Aaron works on aquatic trophic ecology, with a focus on fatty acids as biomarkers for inferring food web relationships and tracking across-system energy subsidies. Aaron completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciencesworking at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Aaron is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

Reyn Yoshioka; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Reyn's interests are in the trophic ecology and parasitism of marine invertebrates. Reyn is currently working on seagrass wasting disease and associated food web implications. Reyn received their undergraduate degree from Cornell University, having since worked in Dr. Drew Harvell's lab studying disease ecology of corals, eelgrass, and sea stars. Check out Reyn's marine photography here!

Ross Whippo; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Ross works on marine community ecology, patterns of biodiversity, and trophic ecology. He received his master's degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia in 2013, after which he worked as the central technician for the Smithsonian Institution's MarineGEO program. Currently, he is interested in kelp forest community dynamics and food web structure. You can find out more on his website.

Jessie Masterman; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Jessie is interested in studying marine trophic ecology through a chemistry lens, with a particular focus on gelatinous organisms. Jessie received B.S. degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2010 and a M.S. degree in marine science from KAUST in Saudi Arabia in 2012, under Dr. Michael Berumen. After a stint in industry, Jessie has returned to marine science at OIMB, where she is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Sutherland and Dr. Galloway.

Kendall Smith; MS Student, OIMB


Kendall is a shellfish biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife right next door to OIMB. She is doing her MS work on red abalone conservation on the Oregon Coast. She started at CTELab in 2019. 

Natalie Thompson; Undergraduate Sea Grant Intern, REU student, OIMB


Natalie is currently a student at OIMB studying marine biology. She is working in CTELab as a technician and is a collaborator on several projects; she was an intern in the CTELab in 2018 through the OIMB REU program (check out her blog about her project) and is currently working on Dungeness crab projects funded by Oregon Sea Grant. 

Suhn Brown; Honorary OIMB REU (2020), Undergraduate Student at Whitman College


Suhn was slated to work with PhD student Reyn Yoshioka and Dr. Galloway for the 2020 OIMB REU program but the in-person program was cancelled due to Covid-19. He is now working with us remotely on video analysis of shrimp behaviors that Reyn recorded at FHL during the summer of 2020. He is looking for longer term technician work.

Julia Kobelt; MS, Technician (2020)


Julia is a technician and collaborator working with Dr. Galloway on a Pycnopodia (sunflower seastar) trophic ecology project. She conducted field experiments through the summer of 2020 at Friday Harbor Labs and is currently located in Seattle, where she is currently looking for longer term technician work.