Faces of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Series
Our series to introduce the people who work at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Each month we feature a new "face" from the Center's five laboratories and share with you a bit about who they are, what they do at the Center, and what they enjoy doing in their spare time.
Algal Culture Curator
I love that I am working at the “center of the algal universe” and for the “algae guru” (as my former supervisor referred to Dr. Gary Wikfors).
Observer Compliance Liaison
“Observers can spend days or weeks aboard commercial fishing vessels, and the work is intense,” Fyke said. “Conditions may be uncomfortable. Long trips in close quarters and the observer’s role in monitoring compliance can sometimes lead to tensions on a vessel. That is where I come in.”
During the interview I remember thinking “I want to be able to apply my chemical knowledge of the environment to help with aquaculture and fisheries issues.”
My cooperative research position gives me the opportunity to do lots of different tasks on any given day. During October and May, I spend a lot of time at sea staffing the Bottom Longline Survey.
Research Fisheries Biologist
Recently I applied for and accepted a supervisory position within the Protected Species Branch at the Center as Populations, Ecology, and Threats Team lead. A large part of my job now is to help those around me succeed.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium Biologist
I’m currently an aquarium biologist at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. This title is broad and covers various responsibilities, always keeping me on my toes! Similar to Cape Cod itself, my job tends to fluctuate with the seasons.
I primarily support EAD but also the Center's Operations, Management and Information Division and Data Management Systems, as well as staff from the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office and from Rutgers University who work here at the Lab.
Research Fisheries Biologist
My primary role as research fisheries biologist is to investigate and develop scientific tools to assess the health of fish populations in the region to inform and advise the federal fishery management process.
Study Fleet Field Scientist
I am a field scientist based out of the Narragansett Lab in Narragansett, Rhode Island. I’m part of a team that work with our contracted study fleet and partner institutions.
My time is split between fisheries management support, data collection, and primary research. All of this work has the goal of being able to predict the economic and social impacts of fisheries management decisions on fishing communities.
I am a Research Ecologist at the Science Center's Milford Lab in Milford, Connecticut. I conduct applied research related to shellfish aquaculture.
Research Fishery Biologist, Ecosystems Assessments and Dynamics
I do research in two general categories: integrated ecosystem assessment and management strategy evaluation. Both are processes to help managers achieve their objectives while looking at a wide range of ecological factors and uncertainties.
Research Fisheries Biologist and Underwater Acoustics Researcher
I work primarily with active underwater acoustics. That’s where we use electronic instruments - echosounders - to transmit pulses of sound and then listen for the echoes that return from many different things in the ocean.
Research Fish Biologist, Apex Predators Program
In the Program we study the life history and movements of sharks. I am a research scientist and my main focus is shark ageing and reproduction. I try to determine shark age at different life stages, when they reproduce, how many young they have, and overall how long they live.
Administrative Support Assistant
I am an administrative support assistant (ASA) for the Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island. My position is with the Apex Predators Program (APP) in the Population Biology Branch, part of the Center’s Population & Ecosystems Monitoring & Analysis Division.
Marine Biological Sciences Laboratory Technician
My position is formally known as a Marine Biological Sciences Laboratory Technician. I work in the Fisheries Ecology Branch, part of the Center's Ecosystems & Aquaculture Division, at the Howard Laboratory.
Task Chief, Atlantic Salmon Research Team
I wear several hats in my job. As a Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, I am a player-coach. My recent efforts involved working with larger inter-agency teams to foster a better understanding of telemetry as a research tool and climate impacts on fish population productivity.
I am a science editor. I spend much of my day revising research papers to ensure clear organization, logic continuity, correct use of language, and resolution of contradictions.