Department Staff and UAF Ichthyology Lab Students

J. Andres Lopez, Ph.D.

Curator of Fishes and Marine Invertebrates, University of Alaska Museum

Assistant Professor, Division of Fisheries, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Office: 907-474-7828



Isaac Firesmith (UAF Undergraduate - Wildlife Biology and Conservation)

"I'm a Wildlife Biology and Conservation major at UAF. I also help run the UAF competitive gaming club. I'm looking forward to helping out on many future conservation projects with my personal goal to join those working to bring species back from the brink of extinction and maybe even from extinction itself"


Heather Kester (UAF Undergraduate - Japanese)

"Currently I am majoring in Japanese Studies while minoring in English, though I may change to Linguistics because I want to learn many languages. I am undecided on my career plans currently"


Harrison DeSanto (Collections assistant)


Emily A. Lescak (Ph.D. student, Fisheries)


Robert Marcotte (Collection Technician, M.S. student, Fisheries)


Joshua T. Ream (Ph.D. student, Applied Ecological Anthropology)


Former members

Andrew Dimond (B.S. Fisheries, UAF). Graduated from the Fisheries program in 2014.


Thaddaeus Buser (M.S. in Fisheries, UAF). Completed his fisheries degree in the spring of 2014 and moved on to the Ph.D. program in Fisheries at Oregon State University to work in the lab of Dr. Brian Sidlauskas.


Matthew A. Campbell (2011 M.S., 2014 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, UAF). Followed his dissertation work with a postdoctoral position with Dr. Murray Cox's group at Massey University.


Veronica Padula (M.S. in Fisheries, UAF) - Graduated in 2014 and moved on to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at UAF.


Scott Ayers, M.S. in Fisheries (UAF).

Scott served as collections assistant in 2008 when he helped conduct an inventory of the collections holdings. He currently works for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.