AMCC is happy to introduce Michelle Stratton, our new Fisheries Science Staff! Michelle was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska, and grew up set netting for salmon with her family on the West side of Cook Inlet. She began her career as a technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before earning her master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and working 8 years as an ADFG fisheries biologist.
In her new role at AMCC, Michelle will devote much of her time toward fisheries research and education, helping build connections between Alaska's fishing communities and the scientific processes that support them. As a lifelong subsistence hunter and fisherman, Michelle has a passion for fisheries biology and its role in sustaining the thriving food systems and wild places that she has lived within most of her life. As her journey with AMCC begins, she is also getting back to her family fishing roots, becoming a new owner-operator of a set net site on the South end of Kodiak Island.