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Beth Phelan, Ph.D.

Chief, Fisheries Ecology Branch
Ecology of Mid-Atlantic fishery species
Ecosystems and Aquaculture , Fisheries Ecology
Phone: (732) 872-3079
Email: beth.phelan@noaa.gov
Fax: (732) 872-3088

Beth Phelan, Ph.D.

Chief, Fisheries Ecology Branch

Education

  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University, 2000
  • M.S., Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, 1981
  • B.S., Biology, Manhattan College, 1978

Professional History

  • 2005-present: Branch Chief, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, Fisheries  Ecology Branch, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
  • 2009-present: Ocean Acidification Research Coordinator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • 2008-2009: Acting Branch Chief, Marine Chemistry Branch, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

Beth has been a research fishery biologist at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, since 1984. She has supervised staff and mentored students. She has conducted field and laboratory research that focused on a number of Mid-Atlantic species, including summer flounder, winter flounder, bluefish, striped bass, black sea bass, tautog, skate, goosefish, and American lobster. Her research interests include:

  • The impacts of natural and human activities on fish habitat and fish behavior
  • The impacts of ocean acidification  on fishery resources