Stephanie earned her Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2005. She then completed her post-doctoral training with the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and the School of Oceanography (2005-2008). She is currently a project scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and visiting scientist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
Stephanie conducts research to develop ecological forecasts for outbreaks of harmful algal blooms and pathogens that threaten seafood safety, public health, and the economic value of fisheries. She uses high resolution climate and weather information as well as novel biosensors to a gain a predictive understanding of the organisms that cause these outbreaks and how they interact with the marine environment. She also leads the efforts of wide range of stakeholders under the umbrella of the Puget Sound Partnership to improve transparency, data sharing, and communication of relevant marine waters monitoring programs in Puget Sound.