Alexandra is a Fisheries Ph.D. student and a NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research will examine the effects of nearshore currents and upwelling patterns, on the dispersal of larval rockfish of rockfish from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Oregon and Washington Coast including the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Alex has always loved anything and everything having to do with water, whether it’s the ocean, rivers or lakes. This has led her to work in many coastal areas in the United States and in Ecuador. She has studied the genetic diversity and conservation of the misty grouper in the Galapagos Islands, conducted environmental impact research in the Amazon, researched the oyster and blue crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).