I am a fisheries anthropologist and political ecologist currently working as a Research Associate with the University of Alaska Fairbanks based out of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. I am honored to be living and working on the ancestral homelands of the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq of Kodiak Island. My collaborative research explores cultural values, access, equity, and well-being in fisheries realms, particularly in rural and Indigenous fishing communities. I am very thankful for the people I get to work with on our UAF team and for the amazing partnerships we have with communities, organizations, and Alaska Native Tribes.
I am a lifelong Alaskan resident from Homer. My parents were commercial fishermen who became seafood restaurant entrepreneurs opening Boardwalk Fish & Chips on the Homer Spit. I now live in Kodiak, Alaska with my husband Chris Johnson, dog Marmot, and cat Bella, where we operate a small-scale family run commercial fishing operation on the F/V North Star. I’m the co-founder of the community event Kodiak Salmon Life with Astrid Rose.
Program Coordinator, Tamamta (All of Us) Graduate Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kodiak, Alaska. 2021
Archaeological Research Associate, Private Contractor, Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository. Kodiak, Alaska. 2020
Fisheries Research Consultant, Private Contractor, Ocean Strategies. Kodiak, Alaska. 2018 – 2020
Research Associate, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Kodiak, Alaska. 2016 – PRESENT. Projects: State of Alaska’s Salmon and People: Social and Cultural Dimensions and Well-Being in Alaska’s Salmon Systems; Indigenizing Salmon Science and Management; Resource Access, Well-Being, & Small-Scale Fishing Livelihoods in Alaska’s Rural and Indigenous Communities.
Coastal Community Organizer, Alaska Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Program. Kodiak, Alaska. 2016 – 2017
Research Assistant & Graduate Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.
Kodiak, Alaska. 2014 – 2016 Project: Graying of the Fleet in Alaska’s Fisheries: Defining the Problem and Assessing
Alternatives, Kodiak, Alaska
Fleet Dispatcher & Administrative Harbor Assistant, Port of Kodiak. Kodiak, Alaska. 2013 – 2014
Educational Outreach Manager & Archaeologist, Alutiiq Museum & Archeological Repository. Kodiak, Alaska.
2011 – 2013
Commercial Fishing Operation Owner, F/V North Star. Kodiak, Alaska. 2013 – PRESENT
Subsistence Resource Specialist I, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence. Fairbanks, Alaska.
2010 – 2011
Fisheries Technician II, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish. Kodiak, Alaska. 2010
Archaeology Research Assistant, RK Harritt and Associates. Anchorage, Alaska. 2010.
Archaeological Field Technician, University of Alaska Fairbanks. West Teklanika and Swan Point, Alaska. 2009.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Political Ecology of Fisheries: Interdisciplinary Program.
4.0 GPA. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Lewis and Clark College
Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Portland, Oregon.