Marine Scientist

Jackie Mohay is a Marine Scientist with over 13 years of experience in fisheries and conservation biology. Her work prior to joining AMS included working as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean, as well as monitoring the status of threatened and endangered species in the California Central Valley. As a research technician in the Fisheries and Conservation Biology lab at Moss Landing Marine labs, Jackie investigated mid-depth rocky reef associated fishes using multiple survey tools including mini landers and a larger drop camera, the Benthic Observation Survey System (BOSS). She was also the volunteer coordinator for the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP), conducting protocol-level hook and line surveys to collect fishery independent data for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Jackie specializes in equipment development and instrumentation as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for data analyses and map production for publications. She graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from Coastal Carolina University in 2010, and is currently working on an M.S. through Moss Landing Marine Labs studying fish-habitat associations in unconsolidated sediments within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


  • Matthews, K.E., Fields, R.T., Cieri, K.P., Mohay, J.L., Gleason, M.G., and Starr, R.M. (2024) Stereo-video landers can rapidly assess marine fish diversity and community assemblages. Frontiers in Marine Science. 11:1368083.
  • Matthews, K.E., Mohay, J.L., Todd, J.W., & Starr, R.M. (2022) Bycatch in the California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) trawl fishery. Bulletin, Southern California Academy of Sciences 121(2). 88-109.
    Keywords: Bycatch, California halibut, Trawl Fishery, Commercial Fishing
  • Starr, R. M., J. Caselle, A. Kahn, A. Lauermann, J. Lindholm, B. Tissot, S. Ziegler, C. Bretz, P. Carlson, K. Cieri, J. Hoeke, C. Jainese, G. Martel, S. McDermott, J. Mohay and P. Salinas-Ruiz. 2022. Monitoring and Evaluation of Mid-Depth Rock Ecosystems in the California MLPA Marine Protected Area Network. CA Sea Grant. CA Sea Grant Final Report 148pp.
    Keywords: Marine Protected Areas, Mid-Depth Rocky Reefs, MPA Assessments, Video Lander
  • Tennant, E. N., Cypher, B. L., Saslaw, L. R., Westall, T. L., Mohay, J. L., Kelly, E. C., & Van Horn Job, C. L. (2020). Evaluation of Noninvasive Survey Methods for Detecting Endangered Shrews. Wildlife Society Bulletin  44(3), 610–616.
    Keywords: Survey Methods, Buena Vista lake shrew, Camera Trapping
  • Ziegler, S. L., J. M. Johnson, R. O. Brooks, E. M. Johnston, J. L. Mohay, B. I. Ruttenberg, R. M. Starr, G. T. Waltz, D. E. Wendt, and S. L. Hamilton. (2023) Marine protected areas, heatwaves, and the resilience of nearshore fish communities. Scientific Reports 13(1405).