Jeff Baldock

How do animals interact with physical habitat? Specifically, how does variation in riverine habitat drive variability in fish behavior and how does this manifest at the population or stock level to provide portfolio effects that stabilize long-term population dynamics? As a Master’s student at the University of Wyoming, Jeff will use this framework to investigate the physical habitat determinants of Snake River cutthroat trout redd superimposition in small groundwater-fed streams in the upper Snake River watershed.

Jeff received a B.Sc. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences with minors in Quantitative Sciences and Marine Biology from the University of Washington (2014). While an undergrad, he explored his ecological interests through field-based programs in the San Juan Islands, WA, Caribbean Panama, and as a technician for habitat restoration and environmental education non-profits. Post-graduation as a Biologist with the Alaska Salmon Program (UW), Jeff managed a remote research station in Chignik, Alaska where and he and his crew maintained long-term datasets that were used to guide the sustainable management of multi-species commercial and subsistence fisheries. During this time, he and collaborators conducted novel research investigating the opportunities landscape complexity and heterogeneity affords salmonid populations. He also worked briefly as a technician for the EVOTRAC project (Cornell & CSU) in rural Ecuador, where he assisted with research on how local adaptation along elevational and latitudinal gradients drives vulnerability to climate change.

When Jeff is not in the field or thinking about animals and landscapes, he develops his understanding and respect of the natural world though domestic and international travel in pursuit of rock climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and fly fishing.

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Professional Preparation and Appointments

Education

2014             B.S. Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2013             Field Program in Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, The School for Field Studies, Bocas del Toro, Panama

2012             Field Program in Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Mammals, Friday Harbor Laboratories, WA

 

Professional Appointments

2015-2018    Field Biologist, Alaska Salmon Program, University of Washington

2016              Field Technician, EVOTRAC, Cornell/Universidad de San Francisco en Quito

2014-2015    Research Technician, Alaska Salmon Program, University of Washington

2013              Restoration Technician, Northwest Stream Center, Adopt a Stream Foundation

2012-2013    Aquaculture Technician, Zebrafish Genetics Lab, University of Washington

Publications

Peer Reviewed

Baldock, JR, JB Armstrong, DE Schindler, & JL Carter (2016). Juvenile coho salmon track a seasonally shifting thermal mosaic across a river floodplain. Freshwater Biology 61:1454-1465. PDF

 

Manuscripts in Preparation

Walsworth, TE, JR Baldock, DE Schindler, & CE Zimmerman (in prep). Dominant juvenile life history behavior changes among years within a single population of sockeye salmon. For submission to Ecology.

 

Technical Reports

Baldock, JR & DE Schindler (2018). Black Lake natural habitat change: Annual report on lake surface elevation, Alec River discharge, and Black River cross- section monitoring. Prepared for the Chignik Regional Aquaculture Association.

Baldock, JR, TE Walsworth, & DE Schindler (2017). Black Lake natural habitat change: Annual report on lake surface elevation, Alec River discharge, and Black River cross- section monitoring. Prepared for the Chignik Regional Aquaculture Association.

Baldock, JR, TE Walsworth, & DE Schindler (2016). Alaska Salmon Program: Chignik Lakes watershed annual report. University of Washington.

Scholarships & Fellowships

2014      Mary Gates Research Fellowship, University of Washington

2014      Thomas and Mary Peck Scholarship

2013      Galen and Helen Maxfield Endowed Fisheries Scholarship

2012      H.M. Keeler Lake Washington Fund in Fisheries Scholarship