Mindy Rowse joined NOAA Fisheries as a Research Fisheries Biologist in 1997. She has worked in fisheries research in Alaska (1980-1992) and the Pacific Northwest since 1992. She completed a B.S. in Ecology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and a MS in Fisheries at the University of Washington. Throughout her fisheries career, she has focused on freshwater and estuarine salmonid population studies, including life history diversity, ecology, migration, and habitat utilization, hatchery/wild interactions, stock analyses, incidental mortality in commercial fisheries, and life-cycle modeling.
Mindy is currently working on interdisciplinary research projects and trying to gain a better understanding of life history diversities expressed by Chinook salmon populations in Puget Sound estuarine and nearshore marine habitats. The Snohomish River estuary project tracks juvenile use of the estuary and nearshore habitats. This is a highly modified urbanized, industrialized, and rural/agricultural large Puget Sound River system. She is involved in developing further studies of juvenile salmonid migrations through Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the San Juan Islands. She is interested in studying the importance of growth and survival of the juvenile fish as they pass through these habitats and in relation to survival of the returning adult population.