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Robert Murphy with beard in front of potted plant.

Robert (“Bobby”) Murphy, PhD

Social Scientist
Resource Evaluation and Assessment
Social Sciences
Office: (401) 281-9161
Email: robert.murphy@noaa.gov

Robert (“Bobby”) Murphy, PhD

Social Scientist

Bobby completed a B.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2018) from Northeastern University in Boston, where he studied striped bass commercial and recreational fisher responses to regulatory changes. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Research Professor in the Fisheries, Aquatic Science and Technology Lab of Alaska Pacific University. During his tenure in Alaska, he was appointed to and served on the Local Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, and Subsistence Taskforce to inform the Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan under the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.


Bobby joined the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in January of 2024 and his role involves both management support to regional Fishery Management Councils and primary research. His research aims to inform fisheries management and our understanding of fishery social-ecological systems using the qualitative and quantitative social sciences, which includes serving as the NEFSC point of contact for the Social Indicators project.

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