The Fisheries Ecology Division is located in the NOAA Fisheries Santa Cruz Laboratory on the University of California’s Coastal Science Campus.
What We Do
The Fisheries Ecology Division studies California demersal and anadromous fishes, their fisheries, and their habitats. Demersal species under study include rockfishes, flatfishes, Pacific whiting, sablefish, and lingcod. Anadromous species include coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon. Results of this research are used by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage fisheries and by NOAA Fisheries to manage threatened and endangered species and their habitats.
Our scientists focus on causes of variability in abundance and health of fish populations, ecological relations in marine communities, and the economics of exploiting and protecting natural resources. We also assess the stocks of species targeted by various fisheries, and assist in evaluating potential impacts of human activities on threatened or endangered species.
Steve Lindley, Ph.D.
Steve Lindley joined NOAA Fisheries as a research ecologist in 1996, becoming director of the Fisheries Ecology Division in 2011. He has degrees in aquatic biology and biological oceanography, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Steve's research interests include population dynamics, ecosystem ecology, quantitative methods, and the linkages between physical and biological processes. His research with NOAA Fisheries has focused on endangered anadromous fish such as Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon.
Kate Achilles, Ph.D.
Kate Achilles is the Deputy Director of the Fisheries Ecology Division and oversees Operations and Management services at the Santa Cruz facility. She has been involved with research administration for multiple divisions at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center over the past decade. Kate is also actively involved with international marine education and ocean literacy initiatives and is currently the President of the National Marine Educators Association. In her free time, Kate enjoys backpacking, gardening, and spending time with her family.