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Melissa A. Haltuch, Ph.D.

Acting Fish Ecology Division Director
Population Ecology Program
stock assessment, climate, groundfish, ecosystem
Office: (206) 860-3480

Melissa A. Haltuch, Ph.D.

Acting Fish Ecology Division Director


Melissa Haltuch (B.S. 1996; M.S. 1998; Ph.D. 2008) is a fishery research biologist with the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA and an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Science (UW SAFS). She served as the chair of the 2012 ICES stock assessment review for redfish (Benchmark Workshop Redfish: WKRED 2012). She also served on the NOAA Fisheries and the Environmen program steering committee for eight years and is currently a member of the North Pacific Research Board Science panel and the Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission Science and Statistical Committee where she reviews both scientific research and stock assessments. She has also taught stock assessment courses at the UW SAFS, in Argentina, Chile, and for FAO. Prior to arriving in Seattle Melissa worked for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Marine Conservation, as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow and for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Current Research

Melissa's research focuses on fisheries stock assessment methods, quantifying environmental effects on population dynamics, using the bomb radiocarbon chronometer for age validation, projecting climate impacts on fish stocks, and effective methods for communicating scientific advice to fishery managers. She has assembled interdisciplinary research teams to investigate interesting and management relevant issues that stem from NOAA Fisheries core mandated work, many of these research projects support graduate students and Post-doctoral scholars. The primary focus for this work is the U.S. West Coast groundfish fishery. Melissa also leads stock assessments for some of the most valuable groundfish species on the U.S. West Coast, including petrale sole, lingcod, and sablefish, among other groundfish species.