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Rich Mcbride

Rich McBride, Ph.D.

Chief, Population Biology Branch
Population Biology

Rich McBride, Ph.D.

Chief, Population Biology Branch


  • Ph.D. Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1994
  • M.S. Marine Science, Stony Brook University, 1989
  • B.S. Biology, Eckerd College, 1984

Professional History

Since 2006, Rich has served as the Chief of the Population Biology Branch and a Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist at the Woods Hole Laboratory.

He is responsible for oversight of three programs—the Fishery Biology Program, Apex Predators Program, and Food Web Dynamics Program—investigating the biology and ecology of marine and diadromous fish. Each program produces original research and delivers technical products for fishery stock assessments, integrated ecosystem assessments, and resource management in the North Atlantic Ocean ecosystem.


  • Biology and ecology of marine and diadromous fish
  • Program management
  • Cooperative fisheries research
  • Fishery assessment and management
  • Scientific communication


  • Validation of fish aging methods
  • Analysis of otolith microstructure, annuli, and microchemistry
  • Oogenesis, spermatogenesis, gonad histology, and fish reproduction
  • Life history and population dynamic models
  • Population structure, connectivity, biogeography, and speciation.


View Richard's research