Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Director Biography

The NWFSC conducts basic and applied research to support the management and conservation of the Pacific Northwest region's anadromous and marine fishery resources and their habitats. As Science and Research Director, Dr. Werner oversees the Science Center's headquarters in Seattle and five research stations in Washington and Oregon. Under Dr. Werner's leadership, the Center strives to increase communication and partnerships with constituents and develop new research programs that addresses current and future science and management needs.

Prior to being named Director of the Northwest Center, Dr. Werner served as the Director of the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Office of Organizational Excellence. There he led and managed activities enabling NWS to become the agile and effective organization needed to build a Weather-Ready Nation. Previous to this position he was the Regional Climate Service Director, NOAA’s Western Region. There he coordinated and advised on NOAA’s climate services investments in an eight-state region in the Western United States including activities and programs from the NWS, NOAA Research, the National Climatic Data Center, and NOAA Fisheries.

From 2012 to 2104, Dr. Werner was a Fellow in NOAA Leadership Competencies Development Program where he completed three important details: Climate Adaptation Advisor to EcoAdapt and The Nature Conservancy; Science Advisor to the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Washington, DC; and Special Assistant to NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Regional Administrator.

Dr. Werner received his Doctorate in Political Science in 2015 from the University of Utah; a Master of Public Administration in 2009 from University of Utah; a Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences in 1999 from the University of Washington; and a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics in 1996 from the University of Washington.