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About Me

About Me

Hello! Cama'i!


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. 


Professional Experience

Program Coordinator, Tamamta (All of Us) Graduate Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kodiak, Alaska. 2021– PRESENT

Archaeological Research Associate, Private Contractor, Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository. Kodiak, Alaska. 2020 – PRESENT


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.

Work Experience



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.

Contact Me

Contact Me

PO Box 151

Kodiak, AK 99615

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