BETSY PEABODY

BETSY PEABODY

Executive Director

Betsy is founder and executive director of PSRF.  She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute.  Betsy served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and collaborated with NOAA to establish the Kenneth K Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration that PSRF operates to help restore native shellfish and living marine resources.  Betsy has a degree in English from Stanford University and a lifelong interest in the marine world.

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JODIE TOFT

JODIE TOFT

Deputy Director

Jodie joined PSRF in 2019 as Deputy Director, where she advances our science, expands partnerships, and builds support for our unique brand of in-water restoration. Prior to PSRF, Jodie worked at The Nature Conservancy and The Natural Capital Project. She received her PhD in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Her 2 kids keep her and her husband on their toes, exploring the wonders of the world, both great and small.

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206.795.6378

BRIAN ALLEN

BRIAN ALLEN

Olympia Oyster & Bull Kelp Programs Director

Brian, PSRF’s in-house ecologist, is interested in all things marine – both as a scientist and a forager.  Brian completed a BS in 1996 at the Huxley College for Environmental Studies at Western Washington University where he studied marine ecology.  Before joining the PSRF, Brian’s work concerned applied science or commercial fisheries.

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JOSH BOUMA

JOSH BOUMA

Abalone Program Director & Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm Manager

Josh joined PSRF in 2011 and directs pinto abalone hatchery cultivation, research and field programs aimed at recovery of this unique but severely threatened mollusk. Josh earned an MS in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Josh enjoys diving, eating seafood, mountain biking and spending time with family.

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RYAN CRIM

RYAN CRIM

Research Scientist

As a PSRF Research Scientist, Ryan guides research on Olympia oyster, pinto abalone and other species, particularly research that takes place at the hatchery.  After growing up in the highland deserts of North Central Washington, Ryan became fascinated by the marine environment at Western Washington University.  He received an MS in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.  Ryan also worked as a research assistant at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and taught courses in marine ecology at Northwest Indian College.

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STUART RYAN

STUART RYAN

Hatchery Operations Manager

In 2014, Stuart joined PSRF’s Kenneth K. Chew Center where he currently manages hatchery operations, including microalgae culture, and cultivation of Olympia oysters, pinto abalone, and other species. Before moving to the west coast, Stuart received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Bates College in Maine.  Stuart’s competing passions are Marine Ecology and Big Mountains. When he isn’t working with larvae you will find him skiing or diving.

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MORGAN ADKISSON

MORGAN ADKISSON

Biologist

Morgan Adkisson joined PSRF in 2017 as part of the pinto abalone recovery project, where she performs day-to-day care and husbandry of the abalone. She received a degree in Marine Biology at the University of Oregon, where she spent much of her time in Coos Bay, OR at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.  In her free time she kayaks around the Sound, hikes through the mountains, and drinking lots of local beer.

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SARAH BARNES

SARAH BARNES

Financial Manager

Sarah joined PSRF in 2018, where she provides financial management and manages the website. Sarah earned a degree from University of Oregon in Journalism.  In her spare time, Sarah loves to watch Seahawks games, read true crime and play tennis.

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JAY DIMOND

JAY DIMOND

Postdoctoral Scholar

Jay is working as a postdoctoral scholar with PSRF, focusing on conservation genetics of pinto abalone and basket cockles. A marine biologist with over 15 years of experience on both coasts, he just completed a PhD at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. As a youngster, Jay got hooked on the marine realm after seeing his first giant ribbon worm while clamming with his family.

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CLAIRE EVERETT

CLAIRE EVERETT

WCC Hatchery Technician

Claire is a Washington Conservation Corps member serving PSRF for the 2019-2020 cycle. They graduated from Seattle University in 2018 where they studied Marine & Conservation Biology and Chemistry. After graduation they did shellfish and salmon field and hatchery work for the Suquamish Tribe. More recently they spent time in the coral restoration field growing and outplanting corals in the Florida Keys. Claire is most looking forward to doing more lab work and research projects.

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HANNAH GARFIELD

HANNAH GARFIELD

Creative Engagement Strategist

An oyster farmer turned designer, Hannah believes design has profound agency in connecting people to environmental resources, fostering stewardship, and increasing social and cultural resilience. At PSRF, Hannah supports kelp restoration through visual communication and engagement initiatives, outreach and programming. Hannah has worked in New York City as a designer on landscape-scale urban design and coastal resiliency projects, holds a Master in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (U of Pennsylvania), and a BA in Art and Visual Culture (Bates College). Delighted to be back in the Pacific Northwest, Hannah can be found on or in the water, or skiing – depending on the season.

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HILARY HAYFORD

HILARY HAYFORD

Senior Program Manager & Biologist

Hilary is an unceasing fanatic of coasts and tidelands. She joined the PSRF team in 2020 to help develop and implement strategic, science-based plans for Olympia oyster and bull kelp habitat restoration. She has long explored the ecology of marine organisms living in dynamic nearshore systems, working with such organizations as Friday Harbor Labs and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Hilary holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Washington. She makes a fierce cup of coffee.

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SARAH HENNEFORD

SARAH HENNEFORD

Microalgae Specialist

Sarah joined PSRF in 2018.  She earned her degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in 2010.  While pursuing her degree, Sarah studied abroad in New Zealand to study environmental policy.  In her free time she loves being outside with her two dogs, skiing and whitewater rafting.

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GRAY MCKENNA

GRAY MCKENNA

Technician

Gray joined PSRF in 2020 as our Technician for the Olympia oyster and bull kelp habitat restoration programs. They graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Marine Biology, where their research focused on intertidal ecology in the Gulf of Maine. Gray has spent several years working on tall ships and other vessels as a sailor, SCUBA diver, marine scientist, and educator. In their free time, Gray plays the banjo and makes linoleum block prints inspired by Puget Sound ecology.

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CAITLIN O'BRIEN

CAITLIN O'BRIEN

Abalone Research Biologist

Caitlin’s main goal is to expand and optimize production of the charismatic marine snail, the pinto abalone, for restoration in the San Juan Archipelago, WA. Caitlin has been working with, and alongside, the Pinto Abalone Recovery Project since 2015. Originally from California, Caitlin has a BS in Marine Biology (University of California, Santa Cruz), and an MS in Biology from Western Washington University’s Marine and Estuarine Science Program. Caitlin’s hobbies include running an elaborate fertility clinic for pinto abalone in hopes of saving the species from the brink of extirpation in Washington, and also reading a good book.

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WENDY WELCH

WENDY WELCH

Development Director

Wendy Welch brings over 20 years of fundraising and development experience to PSRF. A Bainbridge Island resident and Northwest native, Wendy holds business and marketing degrees from the University of Washington. She is an avid skier, hiker and general outdoor enthusiast.

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PSRF ADVISORS

JOTH DAVIS

JOTH DAVIS

Science Advisor

Joth Davis is an integral member of the PSRF project team serving as Science Advisor on native oyster enhancement efforts, pinto abalone restoration and other PSRF projects. Joth directs Research & Development for Taylor Shellfish Hatchery and is an Affiliate Asst. Professor at UW.  He holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries from UW and a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

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2019 STAFF HARVEST PARTY

Our annual 2019 Staff Harvest Party left no bellies unfilled. The team fanned out and gathered Olympia and Pacific oysters, mussels, Manila clams, bull and sugar kelp, fucus (seaweed), chanterelle, puffball and lobster mushrooms, coho salmon and apples. We transformed these and other homemade items into a feast of grand measure with: oysters on the half shell (Olympias, Pacifics), Devils on horseback (with Pacific oysters), seaweed butter on homemade bread, fucus crunchies with nutritional yeast sprinkles, smoked sockeye salmon on crackers, chanterelles on crostini, sautéed chanterelles, miso soup with sugar kelp daishi, clam and salmon chowder, Thai curry mussels, grilled oysters, apple crisp, and brownies. The finest of drinks were imbibed: homebrewed Manny’s kelpish ale, Rogue kelp warrior ale, ume plum liqueur, peach shrub and bourbon cocktails and hard cider.  What could 2020 possibly bring?