BETSY PEABODY

BETSY PEABODY

Executive Director

Betsy is founder and executive director of PSRF. She served as President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute 2007-2022, and on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification in 2012. In 2013, she collaborated with NOAA to establish the Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration, which PSRF operates to help restore native shellfish and other living marine resources. Betsy has a degree in English from Stanford University and a lifelong interest in the marine world.

betsy@restorationfund.org
206.780.6947

JODIE TOFT

JODIE TOFT

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Jodie 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 two kids keep her and her husband on their toes, exploring the wonders of the world, both great and small.

jodie@restorationfund.org
206.795.6378

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.

josh@restorationfund.org
206.780.6947

RYAN CRIM

RYAN CRIM

Hatchery Director

As Director of PSRF’s hatchery at NOAA’s Manchester Research Stations, Ryan guides hatchery-based research and restoration for Olympia oyster, pinto abalone, cockles, sea cucumbers and other species. 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.

ryan@restorationfund.org

HILARY HAYFORD

HILARY HAYFORD

Habitat Program Research Director

Hilary is an unceasing fanatic of coasts and tidelands. She joined the PSRF team in 2020 to 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.

hilary@restorationfund.org

EVELYN ABBOTT

EVELYN ABBOTT

Postdoctoral Researcher, Bull Kelp Genomics

Evelyn earned her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Texas in 2024. During her PhD, she specialized in genomics and epigenetics to study coral bleaching in tropical reefs. She is fascinated by evolution in marine ecosystems, dedicated to marine conservation efforts, and passionate about communicating scientific research to a broader audience. Shortly after graduation, she traded the Texas heat and tropical ecosystems to join the PSRF bull kelp genomics team. Evelyn has many hobbies, including SCUBA diving (but not in cold water), camping, reading, and petting her cat.

evelyn@restorationfund.org

BRIAN ALLEN

BRIAN ALLEN

Habitat Program Technical Lead

Brian, one of PSRF’s in-house ecologists, 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.

brian@restorationfund.org
360.280.7410

JENN ANSTEY

JENN ANSTEY

Hatchery Manager

Jenn joined PSRF as the Hatchery Manager in 2023 after a lengthy career in the aquarium field. After 18 years of working at various aquariums along the West Coast, including the Alaska SeaLife Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Aquarium of the Pacific, her love for conservation and aquaculture lured her over to the restoration world. Jenn has always held a special place in her heart for the Pacific Northwest, which is where the focus of her experience lies, and jumped at the opportunity to move up to Washington. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, which is in her home state. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys gardening, camping, cooking, and baking bread.

jenn@restorationfund.org

HAYLEY ARONSON

HAYLEY ARONSON

Hatchery Technician

Hayley joined the PSRF team as the Hatchery Technician in April 2024. She received a BS in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University in 2014 and a Certificate in Aquarium Science from Oregon Coast Community College in 2020. Hayley has held animal care positions in the laboratory, hatchery, and public aquarium settings since 2012. During that time, she has enjoyed the adventure of working at facilities in California, Oregon, Hawaii, Missouri, Tennessee, Connecticut, and now Washington. After several years as an aquarist at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT she is back in the Pacific Northwest to begin her career in marine restoration. Outside of work, Hayley is usually hiking, reading, or playing D&D with her friends.

haley@restorationfund.org

MORGAN ARRINGTON

MORGAN ARRINGTON

Habitat Specialist

Morgan joined PSRF in 2024 to support bull kelp and oyster habitat restoration. Before working at PSRF, she conducted lab and field-based marine research for close to 10 years working at NOAA, UW Seattle, and UC Santa Cruz. Morgan earned her MSc in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from UW and her BS in Biology from Mount Holyoke College. She believes that exchanging knowledge is key to creating positive environmental outcomes for people and places, and that this is best achieved through mutual respect, a diversity of perspectives, and the ability to remain inquisitive. In her free time, Morgan loves learning ways to work with raw materials like roasting green coffee, making dumplings out of sea lettuce, and turning wool into yarn.

morgan.arrington@restorationfund.org

EMILY BUCKNER

EMILY BUCKNER

Crab and Seaweed Project Manager

Emily joined PSRF in 2021 to add her many talents to a variety of crab and seaweed projects. One of her core roles is as program coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group, a large multi-stakeholder network working to develop collaborative research projects that will increase our understanding of Dungeness crab and inform the management of this important fishery. Emily has a degree in biology from Carleton College and worked as an environmental educator and field technician for several years before receiving a master’s in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington, where she built skills in community-led ecological monitoring and the application of science to management.

emily@restorationfund.org

JAY DIMOND

JAY DIMOND

Restoration Genomicist

Jay is a conservation genomicist assisting with abalone and cockle restoration programs. A marine biologist with over 20 years of experience on both coasts, he received a PhD from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. As a youngster, Jay got hooked on marine biology after seeing his first giant ribbon worm while clamming with his family. He prefers being on or under the water and happily lends a hand with abalone and habitat dive surveys.

jay@restorationfund.org

JESSI FLORENDO

JESSI FLORENDO

Habitat Team Program Coordinator

Jessi joined the bull kelp and Olympia oyster habitat team as program coordinator in 2022. They graduated from the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs with a Masters of Marine Affairs in 2022, following their Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2020. A longtime lover of all things marine, and a transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Jessi enjoys a good cup of tea and warm, sunny days above all else.

jessi@restorationfund.org

ALLY GALIOTTO

ALLY GALIOTTO

Assistant Program Coordinator

Ally joined PSRF in 2023 to assist with coordination of the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Marine Biology and BA in Environmental Studies. During her Capstone research project, she studied patterns in larval crab abundance using data from PCRG, and she is thrilled to continue working with the organization. In her free time, Ally loves gardening, birdwatching, and hanging out with her cats.

ally@restorationfund.org

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.

hannah@restorationfund.org

ALEX HARNICK

ALEX HARNICK

Habitat Dive & Field Technician

Alex joined PSRF in 2024 as a member of the bull kelp and Olympia oyster habitat team. He earned a BS in Environmental Science and a GIS Certificate from Western Washington University’s College of the Environment – Salish Sea Region. Before joining PSRF, Alex spent 15 years teaching recreational scuba diving in New York, the Caribbean, and Washington. As a Scientific Diver, he has studied nudibranch populations around Bainbridge Island and Sea Star Wasting Disease in the San Juans. Outside of work, Alex enjoys reading, diving, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with his family and pets.

alex@restorationfund.org

KARI INCH

KARI INCH

Habitat Field Specialist

Kari joined PSRF in 2023, relocating back to the Pacific Northwest after working in the Florida panhandle studying Eastern oysters in Apalachicola Bay. She holds an MSc in Tropical Marine Biology from the University of Essex and a BS in Biology from Saint Martin’s University. Kari loves to be outdoors when and wherever she can, loves to travel, read, teach SCUBA diving, dive for fun, spend time with family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new and exciting things to learn and try.

kari@restorationfund.org

JENNA INGLESE

JENNA INGLESE

Pinto Abalone Technician

Jenna joined PSRF in 2023 as a Hatchery Technician for the Pinto Abalone Recovery program. She graduated from Stony Brook University on Long Island in 2022 with a BS in Marine Science and a minor in Environmental Science. Throughout her coursework and various positions after graduating, Jenna realized habitat and species restoration was a great way to combine her passions and interests. Jenna moved from the east coast to Washington for the parks, mountains, and marine life. Outside of work you can find her hiking, diving, tide pooling, or photographing wildlife.

jenna@restorationfund.org

KLOIE KUGLER

KLOIE KUGLER

Microalgae Technician

Kloie had a great interest for aquatic life growing up near the Great Lakes, and eventually turned that curiosity into a career in Marine Biology. After completing her degree from Hawai’i Pacific University, she came to Seattle area to explore the rocky intertidal coasts. While working with oysters and algae, she has become more interested in restoration and conservation management. In her free time, she likes to hike and camp with her husband and dog.

kloie@restorationfund.org

SOFIA O'CONNELL

SOFIA O'CONNELL

Kelp Lab Technician

Upon learning about the importance of bull kelp as a foundational species and restoration efforts underway in Puget Sound, she instantly wanted to know more and how to help. Having earned a BS in biology with a focus on ecology from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, she initially became part of the PSRF team as a kelp intern during the summer of 2023, and joined PSRF as the kelp lab technician in 2024. She feels very fortunate to be doing marine restoration work and spotlighting existing connections in our local environment. During her free time, Sofia enjoys staying in touch with friends and family, hiking with her dog, camping, cooking, and making all things art.

sofia@restorationfund.org

MAGDALENA PHILLIPS

MAGDALENA PHILLIPS

Washington Conservation Corps Intern

Magdalena joined PSRF in 2023 as our Washington Conservation Corps intern. She was inspired to work in marine conservation while growing up in Seattle and experiencing the beauty of the local marine ecosystem. She recently graduated with a BS in Biology from Duke University, where she did research on disease ecology, dolphin population genetics, and amphipod navigation. She is particularly passionate about pinto abalone restoration and conservation genetics. In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching figure skating, and attempting fun recipes.

magdalena@restorationfund.org

SOPHIE SCHWAGER

SOPHIE SCHWAGER

Habitat Dive & Field Technician

Sophie started at PSRF in 2024, joining the bull kelp and Olympia oyster habitat team. Growing up in Washington, she has always been curious about underwater life in Puget Sound. Sophie earned her BS in Biology at Western Washington University with an emphasis in Marine Science. When she is not working at PSRF, Sophie volunteers as a diver with Reef Check and the Seattle Aquarium, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

sophie@restorationfund.org

LINDSAY SMITH

LINDSAY SMITH

Office Administrator

Lindsay joined our team in 2024 as our office administrator, coming to us with a diverse background in business administration, operations, and marketing. She earned a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University. In her free time, she enjoys DIY projects, creative writing, and spending time outdoors with her family. Lindsay has lived in six different states spanning both coasts, but is happy to call Bainbridge Island home.

lindsay@restorationfund.org
206.780.6947

WENDY WELCH

WENDY WELCH

Special Events Director

Wendy Welch brings more than 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.

wendy@restorationfund.org
206.780.6947

MALISE YUN

MALISE YUN

Pinto Abalone Technician

Malise joined PSRF in 2022 to assist with research and restoration efforts focusing on pinto abalone production, while supporting other projects across the organization. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Biology with a focus on Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation and a BA in Anthropology. She spent two quarters at Friday Harbor Labs and since then became invested in hands-on restoration and marine conservation. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer as a beach naturalist, crochet, paint, and take care of her bunny, Shadow.

malise@restorationfund.org

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, kelp cultivation, pinto abalone restoration and more. Joth wears many hats, as the founder/CEO/principal (or some combination of all) for Hood Canal Mariculture, Baywater Shellfish, and Pacific Hybreed.  He is an Affiliate Asst. Professor at UW and formerly directed Research & Development for Taylor Shellfish Hatchery. Joth holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries from UW and a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

jothpdavis@gmail.com

2021 STAFF HARVEST PARTY

Our annual Staff Harvest Parties leave no bellies unfilled. In recent years, the team has 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 including: 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 dashi, clam and salmon chowder, Thai curry mussels, grilled oysters, apple crisp, and brownies. The finest of drinks are always imbibed, tastes of which have included homebrewed Manny’s kelpish ale, Rogue kelp warrior ale, ume plum liqueur, peach shrub and bourbon cocktails and hard cider.  What could the next staff harvest party possibly bring?