Laura Slater

Laura Slater

PhD candidate in fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Laura Slater is a PhD candidate in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is studying the mating dynamics of snow crab to improve understanding of stock renewal processes supporting a large commercial fishery in the eastern Bering Sea. After completing her master’s degree in marine biology (also at UAF), she worked as a research biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 14 years. During this time, she led research to inform the sustainable management of crab stocks in the eastern Bering Sea. She plans to pursue a career in fisheries ecology after completing her doctoral degree. She also serves as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, where she works alongside others to identify and remove barriers to members with historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds in the fisheries field. She recently moved to Santa Rosa, CA and in her free time, she enjoys exploring and taking walks with her husband and son.