Meet our Alumni

Fisheries Biology degrees have given alumni opportunities to work in their field around the world.

Some Fisheries alumni have gone on to graduate school. Others are making a difference across a wide range of careers as a wilderness planner for Olympic National Park, a GIS (geographic information system) technician for the Yurok Tribe, and an environmental analyst for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Here are some alumni profiles highlighing what they are doing after graduation.

Class of 2010

Chris Mayes

Fisheries Biologist,
U.S. Forest Service

Class of 2017

Kaitlyn O'Brien

Graduate Student ,
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Class of 2007

Michael Eakin

Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist),
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Class of 2003

Mike Gross

Fish Culturist ,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Class of 2003

Quinn Granfors

Environmental Scientist (Reservoir Biology),

Class of 1994

Theodore Robinson

English School Owner,

  Alumni Updates

Our grads are doing great things.

Ken Russo, 1993
Submitted: August 15, 2023
After graduation, Ken moved to the Sacramento area and worked in the aquaculture industry for 18 years, raising white sturgeon for meat and caviar production.  In 2011 he switched gears and went to work as a transportation biologist for Caltrans District 3. Ken is currently a Senior Resources...

Dennis Ray Kogl, 1962
Submitted: August 10, 2023
Dennis received his Master of Science in Fisheries Biology from the University of Alaska in 1965. He worked at various jobs with the state in Sport Fish Division in Fairbanks, Alaska, got married, and decided that he was ambivalent about the program in Fairbanks with the state and gravitated to...

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966
Submitted: September 7, 2022
After 21.5 years in the Air Force, Sally and Timothy Blewett ('66, Fisheries) retired to Little Rock, AR where Timothy spent the next 31 years as a safety and risk control consultant. His wife Sally spent 30 years as a travel consultant. When he left Humboldt, he had visited only one foreign...

Rich Torquemada, 1982
Submitted: April 8, 2021
Torquemada recently stepped down after four years as a Board Director of the Montana Grape and Winery Association, serving as President for three years. Rich continues to own and operate Luna Llena Vineyards, producing cold-climate hybrid wine grapes to several local wineries and cideries in...