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Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth Phillips

Research Fish Biologist
Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division
Groundfish Ecology

Elizabeth Phillips

Research Fish Biologist


Elizabeth (Beth) completed her PhD at the University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in 2018. She received her MSc in Marine Biology from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories/San Francisco State University, and her BSc in Biology from Western Washington University.

Prior to joining NWFSC as a Research Fish Biologist, Beth was a National Research Council postdoc. She was also a contract research assistant with the Fish Ecology division between 2008-2011.

Current Research

Beth investigates linkages between dynamic physical ocean conditions and multiple trophic levels including zooplankton, fish, seabirds and marine mammals. She is on the Fisheries Engineering and Acoustic Technologies team, and her current research projects include standardizing approaches to classify euphausiids (krill) from acoustic backscatter, assessing the relationships between krill and Pacific hake distribution, diet, growth, and recruitment, and adding seabird and marine mammal surveys to the joint US-Canada Integrated Ecosystem and Acoustic-Trawl Survey in support of ecosystem-based fisheries management. Her work also supports the Pacific hake Management Strategy Evaluation, and the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.

Curriculum Vitae