Founder & Editor-in-chief

Headshot of Ray Hilborn, fishery scientist at the University of Washington

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


Jack Cheney

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, to create the Smart Catch sustainable seafood certification program that is operated today by the James Beard Foundation. After earning his MMA, Jack worked for Sea to Table where he was in charge of national business development, and then with Real Good Fish as their sourcing director. He is now a senior project manager at FishWise.

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 long-form stories for the website.