Rob specializes in integrated ecosystem studies to understand population and community dynamics in response to changing food availability and ocean climate. He has conducted studies throughout the North Pacific, from Alaska to California, Hawaii, and Japan. His current work focuses on food web studies and bioenergetics to understand recruitment and population dynamics in coastal and offshore systems and the impacts of environmental variability. His studies have contributed to ecosystem-based fisheries management, marine spatial planning, offshore renewable energy development, endangered species conservation, fishery bycatch reduction, and other human-marine resource interactions. Prior to working with NOAA, Rob was a professor at Oregon State University and a biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Rob received a Ph.D. from Oregon State University, a M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a B.S. from Humboldt State University.