Welcome to the Freshwater Life Hall of Fame

This is a page dedicated to those who have been essential to the growth and development of Freshwater Life.
Jessica Romero Weikert
Jessica Romero Weikert
Jessica Romero Weikert grew up surrounded by rivers of salmon and pipelines of oil in Anchorage, Alaska. She loves books, and tries to finish at least one every week. She is a recent graduate of University of South Dakota, and holds a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology and sustainability. During her undergraduate career, Weikert was a UCSC Doris Duke Scholar, studied on scholarship in Costa Rica, completed an honors thesis, and received a grant for a bike-sharing program on her campus. She has worked on various projects with Dr. Bernie Tershy since 2017. She aspires to attend graduate school and continue pursuing a career in global conservation.
Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan
Daniel was a Systems Development Intern at Freshwater Life where he helped evaluate and design new project management systems. Before interning, he studied Business Analytics and Environmental Policy at William & Mary, where he learned about the intersection of sustainable goals and business practices. Daniel is currently a Strategy Analyst at CarMax in Richmond, Virginia. In his free time, you can find Daniel watching the latest films and attempting to bake desserts.
Sarah Bedolfe
Sarah Bedolfe
​​Sarah helped lay the groundwork to start Freshwater Life. She developed a strategic plan and forged relationships with groups in six countries to help achieve the conservation goals of Freshwater Life.

Sarah graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a Master of Science in Marine Biology, cum laude. In addition to research, she completed the Science, Business and Policy program to better translate her scientific training into conservation impacts. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Swarthmore College, and worked with the IMAX documentary team at MacGillivray Freeman, where she helped develop the One World One Ocean campaign.

Now a Marine Scientist for the conservation organization Oceana, she provides strategic research, analysis and writing, particularly on the topics of marine habitat protection and fisheries governance transparency.

Serena Coutts
Serena CouttsSocial Media Intern
Serena is an avid surfer and snowboarder. She gets to ride great waves near her home in Santa Cruz, CA. As an intern with Freshwater Life, Serena managed our social media platforms. She has a keen interest in conservation, and is continuously developing her knowledge.
Raquel Lozano
Raquel Lozano
A lifelong animal lover, Raquel developed her fascination for animal behavior and conservation at an early age. She started her higher education career at Mt. San Antonio Junior College, and will finish her Bachelors of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in December 2022. Raquel has spent the majority of her time at UCSC furthering the Building a Better Fieldwork Future (BBFF) initiative, dancing with the Haluan Hip Hop team, surveying species on UCSC’s Forest Ecology Research Plot, and surveying Northern Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo Reserve. She sits on her departmental Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) committee, is a member of the NSF CAMP program through UCSC’S STEM Diversity Programs, and is currently writing a senior thesis on elephant seal molt phenology with the Beltran Lab. Her entry into field research has been concentrated in the Eastern Sierra alpine, beginning with studying population dynamics of the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch with UCSC’s CAMINO program, and continuing with Freshwater Life’s aquatic restoration project in Yosemite National Park. Raquel is passionate about making fieldwork equitable, accessible, and inviting to students of all ages and backgrounds, and can usually be found dancing, hiking, or roller skating.
Omar Torres
Omar Torres
You can find Omar either enjoying a hike or reeling in fish at his favorite river or lake. He grew up in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington state, where he gained an interest in Conservation Biology after seeing his local rivers go through severe algal blooms. He is a recent graduate from Heritage University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. During his undergraduate years, Omar was a UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, where he was able to intern for Freshwater Life as a field technician conducting aquatic restoration work in Yosemite National Park. Omar is currently working on his master’s degree at Central Washington University. His research focuses on observing the site fidelity of West Slope Cutthroat Trout in newly constructed under-crossing streambeds. His work is part of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East wildlife monitoring project. Omar hopes to one day work with the Yakama Nation on future aquatic restoration projects to help preserve local salmon fisheries.
Carter Andrew
Carter AndrewSocial Media Intern
You can usually find Carter busily pursuing his interests in artificial intelligence. He is aiming for a degree in computer science and AI. He has already created a new analytic software to extract metadata from WildLife Acoustics Songmeter files as well as read durations of wav and flac files. Along with this, he created a firmware for an Open Acoustics Devices audiomoth device to allow custom naming of the device. He has experience in manipulating, reading, and writing data in c++ as well as coding on Silicon Labs Gecko processors. As an intern with Freshwater Life, Carter managed our social media platforms.
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