Craig Banner, Senior Fish Health Specialist
548 Nash Hall
541-737-1863
bannerc@oregonstate.edu

I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Microbiology.  I then attended graduate school at Oregon State University (1977-1983) working on Renibacterium salmoninarum in Dr. John Fryer’s Laboratory.  Eventually I took a job working as a Fish Health Specialist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  I have worked in that capacity for the past 33 years. I enjoy fishing, foraging for mushrooms, cooking, playing softball, disc golf, reading and listening to the Grateful Dead (not necessarily in that order).

 

Dr. Sarah Bjork, Fish Health Specialist
516 Nash Hall
541-737-1863
bjorksa@oregonstate.edu

I started working for ODFW in 2011 and am currently a Fish Health Specialist. I provide fish health monitoring and diagnostics for a group of salmon and trout hatcheries in the state. I received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 2002 and PhD in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 2010. My graduate research focused on Ceratonova shasta infection dynamics in the salmonid host in Dr. Jerri Bartholomew’s lab. 

 

Dr. Derek Gibbs, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall
541-737-1863
gibbsgo@oregonstate.edu

This is my second time working for ODFW – previously I had worked in the La Grande Fish Health Services lab from 2004-2009.  I left ODFW to pursue a Ph.D. at Mississippi State University, which I completed in 2015.  My research focused on detection of F. columnare in catfish tissues and pond water using qPCR.  I am particularly interested in mechanisms of pathogenesis and innovative ways to detect pathogens. 

Jerry Jones, Fish Health Specialist
512 Nash Hall
541-737-6041
jonesge@oregonstate.edu

Fish Health Specialist, ODFW. B.S. in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Humboldt State University, California. Worked in Idaho (1988-2004) as a Fish Health Technician at a private rainbow trout hatchery, then in a private disease research laboratory researching vaccines and immune system dynamics relating to Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) and Flavobacterium psychrophilum (causative agent for Bacterial Coldwater Disease). Conducted diagnostic exams on fish submitted to lab by hatcheries. Currently part of ODFW Fish Health Services, assisting ODFW fish culture and fish research and management programs in an effort to reduce the impacts of disease on fish populations.

Dr. Carolyn Richards, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall
541-737-1863
richcaro@oregonstate.edu

I started as a microbiologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in June 2015.  Prior to that I received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife, with a specialization in Fish Health, at Michigan State University.  While in graduate school, I studied leeches and bacterial diseases of fish.  I am currently responsible for Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) testing for the western portion of the state.  I enjoy hiking all over the State of Oregon and learning more about parasites, BKD, and fish diseases in general.

Amelia Thornhill, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall
541-737-1863
thornhia@oregonstate.edu

I have been a microbiologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 5 years.  I currently preside over Myxobolus cerebralis monitoring program for public and private hatcheries in the State of Oregon.  In 2006, I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.   My interests include fish diseases and parasites as well as doughnuts.

Melissa White, Fish Health Specialist/
Virologist

512 Nash Hall
541-737-1853
whitemel@oregonstate.edu

I am currently a fish health specialist and virologist for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.  In 2001, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology at the University of Kansas.  In 2009, I received a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  There, I worked on how yeast cells form organized communities and the importance of cell to cell interactions.  In 2011, I decided that fish were more exciting than yeast and joined our La Grande lab as a microbiologist until moving to Corvallis in the fall of 2015.