Abby recieved a B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington (UW) in 2007. Prior to graduation, she worked at the Manchester Research Station helping to investigate behavioral differences between hatchery and wild steelhead, and completed her capstone project on the effects of acoustic tag size on tag retention in steelhead trout. In 2008 she worked at Big Beef Creek Field Station rearing coho salmon for research experiments at UW. Abby joined the environmental physiology team in Seattle in September 2008, and currently manages the hatchery freshwater recirculation system which houses both coho and Chinook salmon.
Abby is currently investigating the effects of dam altered thermal regimes on emergence timing in Chinook salmon, with the following objectives: understanding if there are emergence timing response differences within or between specific populations, investigating metabolic response changes to variable thermal regimes, determining if selection has resulted in varying developmental rates in hatchery and wild Chinook, and evaluating how emergence timing can influence early growth and smolt development rates.