Cheryl Barnes


I’m queer and I’m a PhD student in fisheries. //

I am currently working on my PhD in fisheries through the University of Alaska Fairbanks (based in Juneau/Sitka). I earned an MS in fisheries and conservation biology from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and BS in marine biology from San Diego State University. My research focuses on better understanding the biology and ecology of economically important species to improve marine resource management. In addition to my academic career, I have served as a program and outreach director in the nonprofit realm, program representative for state agencies, and lead scientist for a long-term survey of California’s marine protected areas. My passions include motivating young people (especially those underrepresented in STEM) to become interested in science and conservation, advocating for LGBTQIA+ equality, and dance.