Molly Zaleski has been working in fisheries for almost a decade and joined Oceana full-time in February 2016. She first came to Alaska to be a groundfish observer on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. She hopes to use that experience, in part, at Oceana as one of their marine scientists.
Molly began working in the lobster and horseshoe crab fisheries off Long Island, NY with the NYS DEC but quickly shifted focus to Alaska where she began working as an observer in 2006. Measuring and identifying fish caught during different Alaskan fisheries cemented her interest in the field. She moved to Juneau, AK full-time for graduate school and studied reproductive physiology of male snow crabs from the eastern Bering Sea. Prior to working at Oceana, she was awarded research contracts through NMFS with work ranging from extracting oil spill contaminants from shrimp, mussel, and sediment samples to photo-identifying humpback whales for long-term monitoring in Prince William Sound. Her main focus was the growth, health, and energetics of baby Walleye pollock and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska. She used bioenergetics models to find habitats in the Gulf where baby gadid growth is best.
Molly has a B.S. in Marine Science: Biology from Long Island University, Southampton College and an M.S. in Fisheries from University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is originally from northern Illinois and is a Chicago Bears fan.
Location: United States