Jordan Watson is a quantitative ecologist that spends much of his time in pursuit of transparent and automatable data processes related to the marine environment. He works extensively with large satellite and fishery dependent data sets to create workflows that are conducive for more dynamic and near real-time management. His primary research foci include salmon bycatch in trawl fisheries, development of satellite-derived ecosystem indicators, fisher responses to environmental dynamics, and modernizing NOAA Fisheries information management. He has taught several workshops on R and data visualization. Publications can be found here: www.researchgate.net/profile/Jordan_Watson.
Jordan is part of the Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis group at the Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau. Prior to joining the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, he worked on projects with the United States Antarctic Program, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, and more. His past work ranged from microbial carbon cycling and paleoclimatology to shark bycatch and abalone restoration. He holds a B.S. in chemistry (University of California Santa Barbara), M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (University of Washington) and a Ph.D. in Fisheries (University of Alaska Fairbanks). When not pondering the ecological underpinnings of the marine environment, he is often backcountry skiing, trail running, diving, or eating cheese and bread.