Staff

Founder & Editor-in-chief

Ray Hilborn

Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation.

He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in food sustainability, conservation and quantitative population dynamics. He authored several books including “Overfishing: what everyone needs to know” (with Ulrike Hilborn) in 2012, “Quantitative fisheries stock assessment” with Carl Walters in 1992, and “The Ecological Detective: confronting models with data” with Marc Mangel, in 1997 and has published over 300 peer reviewed articles.

He has served on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals including 7 years on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award, and the International Fisheries Science Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society, the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Managing Editor & Developer

Max Mossler

Max developed Sustainable Fisheries UW and has written much of the curriculum for it, like Seafood 101. He runs our social media presence, coordinates with expert contributors, and posts as many blogs as he can.

Before joining Sustainable Fisheries UW, he received a Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, where he studied environmental perception and policy communication. He is interested in how people think about environmental issues and conservation, and is excited to write about the complexities and nuance in fisheries.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a BS in Ecology and Sustainability, he rode his bike across the country in support of organ donors then island-hopped around Southeast Asia for 6 months developing a fascination for social-ecological systems and the human side of conservation.

A passionate waterman, you can find him freediving, spearfishing, or paddling off his native Southern California coast. Find him on Twitter here. Proud #LatinxinSTEM

Contributers

Jack Cheney

Jack is in charge of National Business Development at Sea to Table, a growing seafood company that only deals in wild, domestic, traceable seafood products. His responsibilities also include chain of custody certification and all things involving product traceability for the company.

Before joining Sustainable Fisheries UW, Jack graduated from the University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs with a Master’s in Marine Affairs (MMA). While pursuing that degree he contracted with Future of Fish, partnering with Vulcan Inc. to create the Smart Catch sustainable seafood certification program. That program is now managed by the James Beard Foundation and Jack continues to consult with them in his spare time.

Jack’s love of all things seafood began in the kitchen. After earning a BA in International Relations from Boston University he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Soon thereafter he joined the sales team at Wild Edibles Inc, a seafood supplier in New York City. 

He adds a unique culinary / seafood industry perspective to the Sustainable Fisheries UW and focuses primarily on developing new longform stories for the website. 

Gretchen Thuesen

Gretchen is a marine scientist and marine affairs specialist with 11 years of research experience working at the intersection of fisheries management policy, marine science, and social science. She combines these interests with her passion for global seafood sustainability by working to create sustainability solutions for complex systems and value chains.

In addition to writing for Sustainable Fisheries UW, she works for Future of Fish, a systems-change organization that works with partners in-country to help create sustainable, traceable, investable fisheries around the globe. Her expertise is in identifying quantitative and qualitative research needs and collectively planning, executing, and managing projects aimed at realizing both sustainable management and maximum value generation in fisheries of focus.

Previously, she worked as a field scientist for 4 years on projects ranging from maintenance and deployment of oceanographic instruments, to fisheries observing and sampling of catch data. She also has experience running a range of both laboratory and data analyses.

Gretchen received a Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at University of Washington. Her thesis work entailed collaborating with Point 97, a fisheries-focused mobile technology firm, and examined how to transition a small-scale Indonesian tuna fishery from paper-based to digital data collection by integrating a mobile electronic system into dockside monitoring. She also holds a BS in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from University of Washington.