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 2017

Kaitlyn O'Brien

Graduate Student ,
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Class of 2017

Jayme Yee

Lab Assistant UF IFAS Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture and Restoration Laboratory,
University of Florida

Class of 2010

Chris Mayes

Fisheries Biologist,
U.S. Forest Service

Class of 2003

Quinn Granfors

Environmental Scientist (Reservoir Biology),

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

  Alumni Updates

Our grads are doing great things.

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...

Robert Lackey, 1967
Submitted: April 26, 2021
Lackey is a professor at Oregon State University. In 2008, he retired after 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 350-person national research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. He served as Deputy Director, Associate Director for Science, and in other senior science leadership...

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...

Dennis Halligan, 1980
Submitted: February 8, 2021
Prior to and following graduation, Halligan fished in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea for 12 years. During that time he also owned and operated an oyster mariculture company in Humboldt Bay. Halligan has been a fish and wildlife biologist for the past 30 years and has worked on hundreds of...