Current Research

I’m a graduate student in Steven Robert’s lab in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. I study how Alaskan populations of Tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdii) and their parasite Hematodinium are impacted by changing temperatures. I use an open-access online lab notebook and GitHub to publicly share my analyses and support reproducibility.

Background

Growing up in coastal Alaska, I have always been fascinated by the ocean and the various critters that live in it. That love took me to Bowdoin College, where I researched genetic links to thermal tolerance in the invasive European green crab. After graduation, I continued my crab investigations, working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on a variety of projects. Among others, I worked on Tanner crab research projects studying their reproduction and distribution, surveyed the threatened St. Matthew Island blue king crab population, and monitored Kodiak groundfish, shellfish, and salmon fisheries. I then joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where I studied herring spawn events and ichthyoplankton distribution.

Contact

Email: afcoyle@uw.edu

Office: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, FTR 234

Mailing address: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 1122 NE Boat Street, Room 116, Seattle, WA 98105