Melanie WahlMelanie Wahl

Fisheries Biologist/Debriefer

Ms. Wahl began her career in Alaska as a groundfish observer in 2001, gaining over 700 sea days on a wide range of fishing vessels.  After many years as an at-sea biologist, she transitioned to biological consulting, working on a variety of field projects including fisheries, botany, avian, terrestrial mammal, and marine mammal studies from SE Alaska to the North Slope and Chukchi Sea.

She completed a post baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Penn State University in 2010.  Melanie and her husband started a small marine mammal consulting firm providing services for mitigation work and baseline studies.  She has produced and implemented marine mammal protection plans, provided logistical support for monitoring programs, created training and communications protocols and trained MMO/PSOs for specific projects. She continues to consult part-time as a GIS analyst and data manager.

Melanie has been with MRAG Americas since 2009 as a fisheries biologist supporting the IATTC program.