Katy Doctor graduated in 2008 from the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science with a masters degree, where she studied the life history and migration patterns of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, AK. Her research over the past three years with the NWFSC has focused on Oncorhynchus mykiss species (steelhead) in the Hood Canal region of the Puget Sound. Katy's projects include the Hood Canal Steelhead supplementation project, monitoring steelhead production in the Hood Canal Rivers, and experiments examining local adaptation of growth-mediated life history traits in juvenile steelhead.
The Hood Canal Steelhead Supplementation Project is a collaborative effort between NOAA, local non-profits organizations, tribes, and the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife to examine effective management strategies to increase steelhead production in the Hood Canal. The long-term (16 years) project will attempt to inform best conservation hatchery practices to maintain diverse life histories among the rivers by only supplementating with native populations and close monitoring throughout the spawning season. As part of this project, Katy also conducted a common garden experiment to examine the environmental and genetic contributions to juvenile life history traits of the Dewatto and Duckabush steelhead populations. This experiment looked at growth-mediated life history traits (age at smoltification, early male maturation), morphology, and behavioral traits of juvenile steelhead.