Stephanie Taylor was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario; far away from any oceans. But that didn’t stop her from heading to the ocean anytime she could. Her love for the ocean was reinforced spending summers with her family in Prince Edward Island. She graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with a BSc in Integrated Science and Earth and Environmental Science. While at McMaster she travelled to the Amazon rainforest in northern Peru to study the benthic habitat preferences of Amazonia river dolphins. After McMaster, Stephanie worked as an Environmental Science Instructor at Whale Camp, a marine biology summer camp located on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. She had the opportunity to witness the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale in the wild. After finally living near the ocean, she didn’t want to go back inland and so enrolled in the Masters of Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up her younger brother dragged her out fishing often, but it wasn’t until her time at Dalhousie that Stephanie discovered her love of fisheries management. While in Halifax she completed a study on conserving Atlantic Salmon in the maritime provinces of Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island). She also completed an internship with WWF-Canada where she worked on developing a survey of the commercial fishing industry to better understand the interactions between the lobster and Atlantic mackerel fisheries. She continued this work into her capstone research project where she evaluated the management practices surrounding Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Pavel Emelin was born and raised in Vladivostok, Russia and could never imagine being away from the sea. In 2011, being a third-year student of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Pavel began to participate in marine expedition research of Pacific Research Fisheries Center (TINRO-Center). Pavel graduated with a master’s degree in Ecology—the main subject of his undergraduate thesis and graduate work was study of the composition and dynamics of abundance of the epipelagic nekton of the Bering and Okhotsk seas. In 2013 he took up a full-time engineering position (now a research scientist). In the same year, Pavel started a full-time postgraduate study at TINRO-Center specializing in Ichthyology. The main direction of Pavel’s work is the study of composition, structure and long-term dynamics of the epipelagic nekton of the Sea of Okhotsk. This work is important in the context of studying the biological environment of Pacific salmon, and their role in functional processes of the epipelagic nektonic community. Pavel has spent most of his time on the water aboard scientific research vessels. However, he enjoys being on the water just on the board. If a good wave – on the surfboard, if the water is frozen – on a snowboard.

Caroline Graham was born and raised in the landlocked United States but was always looking for opportunities to get out on the water, whether it was a lake, river, or pool. She graduated from a small school in the cornfields of Iowa, called Grinnell College, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2016. During her time at Grinnell, she participated in a joint marine science and policy program run by the Sea Education Association, during which she sailed from Puerto Rico to Bermuda to New York on a tall ship studying microplastic pollution and high seas policy. This sparked her interest in marine/aquatic science, as well as international policy, which led to a string of other adventures. These included invasive fish removal in the Grand Canyon, tow net surveys in Puget Sound, salmon habitat assessments in the rivers of Alaska, and finally a year in Mexico studying the impacts of seaweed on coastal ecosystems. To see some of what she worked on while at the Secretariat, see Newsletter No. 43.


Madeline Young was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and developed a strong attachment to the ocean while spending childhood summers fishing with her family on the Sunshine Coast. Madeline obtained a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia where she studied morphological and molecular techniques to better understand the evolution and taxonomy of coralline algae in the Pacific Northwest. While contemplating her next step, Madeline came across a new Coastal and Marine Management program run by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður, Iceland. Drawn to the idea of a small, international, interdisciplinary program taught in a remote fishing town just below the Arctic Circle, she moved to Ísafjörður to complete her Master’s degree. During this time, she developed an interest in studying ways to reduce entanglements and bycatch in fisheries and aquaculture operations and completed a study of whale, porpoise, and turtle entanglements in mussel aquaculture gear for her thesis. Afterwards, Madeline returned to British Columbia with her new dog, Trítla, and helped to spawn and raise coho salmon and white sturgeon at a land-based hatchery and grow-out facility in Sechelt. To see some of what she worked on while at the Secretariat, see Newsletter No. 41.

William (Bill) Stanbury was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and graduated from both the University of British Columbia with a BA in History and from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a Technical Diploma in Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation. Bill has completed invasive species mapping projects and mapped local trails with community groups. He has worked in a turtle hatchery enhancement program to rehabilitate sub-populations of the Western Painted Turtle, a protected species in BC, and reared hatchery coho salmon. Since 2015, he has worked as a hydroacoustics technician with the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), an organization formed by Canada and the United States to cooperatively manage Pacific salmon, where his responsibilities included enumerating and sampling returning adult Fraser River sockeye salmon. Bill spent his youth heavily involved in soccer and hockey, activities he continues as an adult. He kayaks, hikes, and had the exciting experience of bobsledding at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Whistler, BC. To see some of what he worked on while at the Secretariat, see Newsletter No. 41.


Minho Kang graduated from Pukyong National University in Busan, Republic of Korea, with a MSc in 2007 and from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, United States, with a MSc in oceanography in 2014. Since 2004, he has conducted research on a variety of subjects including DNA stock identification of chum salmon, adaptive responses of chum salmon growth to environmental changes, multispecies biomass dynamics models, including species interactions of predation and competition, and employing other statistical applications to commercially important fish populations. To see some of what he worked on while at the Secretariat, see Newsletter No. 39.


Yulia Simakova started her internship in September 2014 and completed it in February 2015. Yulia graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, and after completing her internship, she has returned to Moscow State University to continue her studies. To see some of what she worked on while at the Secretariat, see Newsletter No. 37.


Yuka Ogata came to the Secretariat while on leave from her PhD program at the University of Tokyo in the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences. After she finished her internship, she returned to Japan and completed her degree. Read more about Yuka’s activities after her internship in Newsletter No. 35.