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Andy Lipsky in the wheelhouse.

Andrew Lipsky

Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead

Andrew Lipsky

Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead


  • USDA Graduate School; National Leadership Development Program; 2010
  • M.S. University of Rhode Island, Marine Ecology and Watershed Hydrology, 2003
  • Masters Research- Development of an Eelgrass Restoration Site Selection Model & Transplant Suitability Index for Narragansett Bay
  • Visiting Researcher Brown University, Tidal Subsurface Hydrology Investigations, 1999
  • B.A. University of Vermont, Environmental Studies and Political Science, 1992
  • Undergraduate studies in Latin, Cornell University, 1987

Professional History

With over 25 years of fisheries experience, Andy has worked at the NGO, private industry, state, tribal, and federal levels. Andy joined NOAA and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2016 and currently serves as the center’s acting offshore wind program lead. In this role, he oversees the center’s growing offshore wind science program to meet the scientific needs of the regulatory process, develop a federal survey mitigation program, and advance research on the interactions of offshore wind on NMFS trust resources. 

Prior to joining NOAA, Andy served as a managing partner for SeaPlan-a private resource planning startup, where he led efforts to design and execute the first collaborative fisheries studies to evaluate the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on groundfish and lobster resources and supported fisheries mitigation efforts. From 2009-2011, Andy was a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientific advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. From 2001-2009 Andy served as the state and regional fish and wildlife biologist for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to advance marine conservation programs.

Andy began his fisheries career working on endangered desert fish in the southwestern United States in 1992. Andy is a graduate of the USDA Graduate School Leadership Program, holds an M.S. in natural resources sciences from the University of Rhode Island and B.A. from University of Vermont, and served as visiting researcher at Brown University. Andy works out of both the Woods Hole and Narragansett Laboratories of the NEFSC. He lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife, Kiela, and his three daughters- Juliet, Thaila, and Malia.