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David Huff, Ph.D.

Estuarine and Ocean Ecology Program Manager
Estuarine and Ocean Ecology Program
Office: (206) 637-2514

David Huff, Ph.D.

Estuarine and Ocean Ecology Program Manager


In January 2017, I became the Estuary and Ocean Ecology Program Manager in the Fish Ecology Division at the NWFSC. I have also served as the Station Chief at the Point Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon since shortly after I joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in October of 2015. Prior to that, I was a research scientist at University of California in Santa Cruz studying salmon, green sturgeon, and deep-sea corals, among other things. I received a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in Biology from Portland State University. I was also an aquatic ecologist for nearly six years at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality where I evaluated the biological and physical condition of streams and rivers throughout Oregon.

Current Research

Much of my research focuses on quantifying the influence of environmental and habitat factors on the survival, growth, distribution, and behavior of fish and invertebrate species. Current interests include: autecological habitat models, community composition models, salmonid life-cycle models, survival models, predation models, integrating hypotheses and experiments to improve conservation decisions for reintroduced populations, and habitat influences on fish behavior. My goal for future research is to connect ocean and estuary ecosystem conditions to salmon trophic dynamics, production, distribution, predation, and habitat using mechanistic and process-oriented models. My ultimate objective is to describe population-level patterns that arise from individual-level processes, because this understanding may produce more accurate predictions outside the range of conditions that we currently experience.