Megan Feddern

Ph.D Candidate

University of Washington

NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow

Megan is a Ph.D candidate studying Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in the Holtgrieve Ecosystem Ecology Lab. Her research interests include food web dynamics, specifically, how species interactions are influenced by changes in the physical and biogeochemical environment. Megan enjoys harnessing the power of chemical tracers to answer complex ecological questions and her current research uses compound specific stable isotope analysis of amino acids to understand changes in primary productivity and foraging ecology of pinnipeds in the northeast Pacific using museum skull specimens. Megan also values applying quantitative tools to ecological data, and has an expertise in time series analysis and Bayesian statistics.

Megan is originally from the White Mountains of NH and moved to Seattle for graduate school after spending a few field seasons moving around the country and abroad. Outside of research Megan enjoys anything outdoors, particularly new activities that get her outside of her comfort zone and require problem solving. Backpacking, snowboarding, and biking is how she spends her time outside of the office.


  • Food web dynamics
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Quantitative methods
  • Escaping the city


  • PhD Candidate

    University of Washington

  • BA in Biology, 2015

    Boston University

Recent Publications

Riparian soil nitrogen cycling and isotopic enrichment in response to a longā€term salmon carcass manipulation experiment

We measured the contribution of Pacific salmon to nitrogen transformations and concentrations to riparian boreal soils.

How commercial fishing effort is managed

We assessed approaches that managers use to sustain stocks on ecological, economic, and community-level outcomes.

A novel method for modeling age and length selectivity of sockeye salmon as applied to the Bristol Bay Port Moller test fishery

We developed a method for assessing length and residual program selectivity for Port Moller test fishery.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Reconstructing a century of predator trophic position in WA with archival harbor seal bone

Climate Change and PNW Fisheries

Impacts of climate change on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

Teaching Experience

University of Washington

Teaching Assistant, Autumn 2017
Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources (FSH 323)

Boston University

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016
Tropical Ecology Program

Tropical Montane Ecology (BI 438)
Tropical Coastal Ecology (BI 440)
Tropical Rainforest Ecology (BI 439)
Studies in Tropical Ecology (BI 441, Capstone Course)

Boston University

Tutor, 2013-2015
Educational Resource Center

Organic Chemistry (CH 203/204)
Statistics (MA 213)


Science Communication

Puget Sound Institute

Student Writer
Creosote Treated Pilings

Cascadia Climate Action

Graduate Student Speaker
Climate Science on Tap