Eileen Bates

2020 Fellow University of Washington Faculty advisor(s): Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño


Eileen is a PhD student at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She grew up in Seattle, and after completing a BA at Bowdoin College in Maine in Biology and Environmental Studies, Eileen returned to Washington State to work and later begin graduate school. When not conducting research, Eileen spends time climbing, kayaking, skiing, mountaineering and volunteering for King County Search and Rescue. 

Eileen is particularly drawn to the intersection of science, industry and conservation. She is excited to spend her time as a NW CASC Fellow learning about how to conduct actionable research that supports management decisions. The majority of Eileen’s dissertation research is focused on improving the restoration of endangered pinto abalone in Washington State. She is collaborating with Puget Sound Restoration Fund and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on a combination of hatchery and field-based projects that will help ensure that abalone have the best chance of recovery even as the climate continues to change.

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