Leah Mellinger

Leah Mellinger
PhD Student
Animal Biology Graduate Group
email: lmholmes@ucdavis.edu



M.S. Ecology and Sustainability with a Concentration in Conservation, CSU Stanislaus (2018)

B.S. Animal Science with Specialization in Equine Science, UC Davis (2011)

Research Interests:

I am interested in how fish respond to environmental stressors ranging from biotic (such as parasites and pathogens) to abiotic (such as poor water quality and toxicants) and using those responses to map population health and potentially develop management tools for assessing population health. With the increasing threat of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors, developing strategies to assess how fish populations are coping is incredibly important. I am specifically interested in assessing Chinook salmon smolt physiological stress levels during their migration and smoltification as well as assessing forage fish species population health.


Sustainable Oceans NRT, UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute