Will Fennie

Program: Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship


Will Fennie is currently working to increase the scientific understanding of how climate change will affect Oregon’s marine resources and how Oregon’s marine reserves affect the diets and survival of juvenile rockfishes. Will is also working to communicate the science of marine reserves with Oregon’s coastal community and anyone interested in Oregon’s marine resources.


Will completed his B.S. in Biology from the University of California Davis and received his M.Sc. in Marine Sciences at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories where he studied the effects of ocean acidification on the behavior and swimming abilities of juvenile rockfishes. Will recently completed the first year of his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: 

Will is broadly interested in the effects of climate change on nearshore fish populations, marine reserve science, and determining how to best manage marine resources as climate change progresses. By collaborating with National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists, Will is tracking cohorts of juvenile rockfishes during their early life stages to understand the effects of oceanographic conditions on the growth, diet, and post-settlement mortality of juvenile rockfishes. He is also examining how marine reserves affect the diets and survival of settled juvenile rockfishes. The information generated by this dissertation will improve the ability to predict how changes in oceanographic conditions will affect young rockfishes and how marine reserves may modify the survival of settled rockfishes.