Dr. Aimee Reed, DVM, Ph.D., CertAq, DACVM, Senior Fish Pathologist
548 Nash Hall; 541-737-1857; aimee.reed@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Reed is the Manager of the Fish Health Team at all three laboratories in the state.  She received her DVM degree from UC Davis with an emphasis on aquatic medicine and is internationally certified as an Aquatic Veterinarian.  She studied herpes viruses in fish at Oregon State University where she received a Ph.D. in Microbiology.  After completing the exam, she was elected to membership as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Microbiologists.  As the Fish Health Manager, she provides guidance to her expert teams of fish pathologists as well as administrative support for the program.  Her interests lie in improving diagnostics for fish pathogens and alternative therapeutic avenues for disease management.


Dr. Sarah Bjork, Fish Health Specialist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

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.


Jerry Jones, Senior Fish Health Specialist
512 Nash Hall; 541-737-6041;

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.

Acacia Kalahar, Biological Science Assistant,
Fish Health Technician
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

I am a seasonal biological science assistant/fish health lab technician for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In December of 2020, I graduated from Oregon State University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Science with a specialization in research. Previously, I have worked as a wildlife caretaker, veterinary technician and research assistant studying coyote diet dynamics, sea star wasting disease, environmental genetics and blue whale skin conditions. I am interested in aquatic animal health, non-invasive sampling techniques and using genetics to solve complex ecological problems.   


Emma Miller, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

I have been a fisheries microbiologist since the beginning of 2021. After I graduated from Oregon State in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Oceanography, I started as a research fisheries technician on the sockeye salmon team for Idaho Fish and Game. During the pandemic I worked for Idaho State Department of Agriculture in the Brucellosis laboratory. Then combining lab work and fish science, I became a microbiologist. My job focuses on Rennibacterium salmoninarum, which causes Bacterial Kidney Disease.  I have a passion for salmonid fisheries and their future prosperity in the PNW. In my free time I love to explore and take naps with my dog.

Dana Moore, Fish Health Technician
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

I have been a Biological Science Assistant at ODFW Fish Health Services since August 2020. After graduating from OSU in 2018 with B.Sc. degrees in Biology and Botany, I worked with fungal pathogen Puccinia graminis on perennial ryegrass as a Biological Science Technician for the USDA Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit. I then worked with gadids and flatfish as a Faculty Research Assistant at Hatfield Marine Science Center in the NOAA Fisheries Behavioral Ecology Program before moving back to Corvallis to join the Fish Health team. I am passionate about helping ODFW hatchery fish stay healthy. In my free time, I enjoy surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, and birdwatching.

Bailey Morgan, Biological Science Assistant
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863

I am a temporary biological science assistant for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In March 2021 I graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences specializing in aquatic biology. During my undergrad, I assisted with a dragonfly toxicology research project in Dr. Tiffany Garcia’s lab. I then served a year with California Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps focusing on fisheries monitoring projects, conservation, and educational outreach in the Klamath river basin. I hope to gain invaluable microbiology and fish pathology knowledge during my time with the Fish Health team. I am passionate about the conservation and recovery of our PNW anadromous fish populations. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, paddleboarding, hiking, live music, and delicious cuisine!

 Amelia Thornhill, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

I have been a microbiologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 8 years.  I currently preside over the 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;

I am currently a fish health specialist and virologist for the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.  In 2001, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology at the U. of Kansas.  In 2009, I received a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the U. of Missouri-Kansas City.  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 2015.