Melissa Teniente Mata
Melissa Teniente Mata, while a senior at Humboldt State University, was a fishery biologist trainee with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She has worked for the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, Arcata Fisheries Resource Office and with the Abernathy Fish Technology Center. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelors in Fisheries Biology with an emphasis in freshwater fisheries, as well as two minors, one in applied mathematic and another in biometry. She is currently enrolled in graduate school working on a Masters degree in statistics.
Prior to her work with the Service, she worked for the California Cooperative Fishery Research Center as a Fisheries technician for three years and the Imperial Irrigation District in Brawley, California, raising grass carp that were to be used as vegetation control for their canal system. Outside of work and school, Melissa enjoys fishing, hiking, running and most of all - cooking.