The Crew

Dr. Steve Midway, Patrick Cooney, Dr. Dana Sackett, and Brandon Peoples (not photoed) each
have diverse experiences across marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments.

Dana Sackett, Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Sackett
Dr. Dana Sackett received her B.S. in marine biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  She received her M.S. in biological oceanography and fish ecology from Rutgers University examining summer flounder habitat use and migration dynamics using acoustic telemetry.  Dana completed her Ph.D. in biology with a minor in ecotoxicology at North Carolina State University exploring mercury contamination in fish across North Carolina.  She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii.

Patrick Cooney, Certified Fisheries Scientist

Patrick Cooney
  After getting a start in marine environments, Patrick Cooney's recent research focuses on both cold and warm freshwater systems.  He received an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) in Marine Sciences from the University of Miami followed by a masters degree (Masters of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences) from the University of Florida.  
     After completing seven years as a Research Scientist studying the impact of dams on migrating stream fish populations in Puerto Rico, he conducted research in North Carolina studying movement, survival, and feeding habits of mountain trout populations.  
     Patrick recently moved to the Pacific Northwest to teach other fisheries scientists the principles of effective and safe field research, while also conducting research to improve fisheries sampling techniques.  He has research experience in Australia, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and 11 States in the US.

Steve Midway, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Midway
Steve Midway graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Experience on Lake Champlain as a fisheries technician and with the USGS Co-op in Vermont led to an M.S. at North Carolina State University, where his research focused on an endemic, imperiled stream fish. Shortly after, Steve made the jump to marine fisheries.  He recently defended his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying population ecology of southern flounder.  He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University.

Brandon Peoples, Ph.D. Candidate

Brandon Peoples
Brandon has done research in a variety of freshwater systems—from large rivers to tiny streams. He got his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech, where he primarily studied zebra mussels. At Virginia Tech, his master’s work focused on how urbanization effects populations of stream fishes. He was an aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for two years, and is currently pursuing a PhD at Virginia Tech. His current research is focused on how positive interactions among stream fishes affect population and community structure.