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NOAA Fisheries Personnel Default Profile

Eric Ward, Ph.D.

Mathematical Biology and Systems Monitoring Program
Phone: (206) 302-1745

Eric Ward, Ph.D.



Eric Ward joined NOAA Fisheries in 2009 as a statistician. Prior to that, he was a NRC post-doctoral researcher with Eli Holmes (in the CB Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center). Eric received a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington (2006), where he received a National Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries fellowship in population dynamics with Ray Hilborn. Eric also has a B.S. in ecology (UC San Diego) and a M.Sc. degree in Biology with Daniel Goodman (Montana State University Bozeman)

Current Research

Eric works on a variety of statistical problems, including spatial and spatiotemporal models, univariate and multivariate time series analyses, model selection, hierarchical models. Recent applications of these techniques have included population viability, models of salmonid reproductive success, the analysis of stable isotope and stomach content data, and new tools for better forecasting bycatch of protected or depleted species. These methods are used to assist status analyses for a variety of populations and species at risk. The latest up to date information can be found here: