Jessica Hale

Jessie Hale is a graduate student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and is advised by Dr. Kristin Laidre of the Polar Science Center. Jessie’s thesis research examines sea otter population dynamics and longitudinal and spatial patterns of sea otter foraging on the outer coast of Washington. She is using annual sea otter survey data collected over several decades by the U. S. Geological Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to create a Bayesian state space population model for Washington state sea otters. 

Jessie is also in the field several months a year collecting observational data on sea otter foraging on the outer coast of Washington to compare sea otter diets over time and space. Her research is supported by the NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship. Jessie’s past research focused on pinto abalone restoration and invasive bullfrogs in Arizona. She is broadly interested in marine conservation and ecology. More information about Jessie’s work can be found here: