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NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My mother was a chemist and she nurtured my interest in science. I attended college at Lawrence University in Wisconsin where I had the opportunity to participate in a field oceanography term in the Bahamas. That experience was the catalyst for pursuing a degree in Oceanography at Old Dominion University. My major professor was Dr. Phil Mundy. Phil's stories of the Pacific Northwest served as an inspiration to travel to Seattle. I took my first job was with the Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Science Center where I worked for Bob Francis and Kevin Bailey. They encouraged me to pursue a degree at the University working on climate impacts on and fisheries. This research interest has evolved to be a life long interest. The IPCC forecasts portend a century of change; therefore, there has never been a more pressing need for fisheries scientists to understand the processes governing the responses of fish to their environment than the present.