Dr. Vladlena (Vlada) Gertseva joined NOAA Fisheries in 2008. Prior to joining NOAA, Vlada worked as a professor at Oregon State University, teaching quantitative fisheries classes for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Vlada was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her B.Sc. in Biology at Yaroslavl State University in Russia. She received her M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, after being awarded a fellowship from George Soros' Open Society Institute, for her academic and research excellence. She then completed her Ph.D. at Clemson University in Forest Resources. Her dissertation focused on modeling the dynamics of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities. She did her postdoc on salmon ecology at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.
Vlada is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Elsevier journal Ecological Modelling, the leading international journal on modeling and analyses of systems and processes, for the sustainable management of resources. She is actively involved with the stock assessment and review process at international organizations such as International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Vlada also collaborates with her academic colleagues and advises graduate students from the University of Washington and Oregon State University. In the past, Vlada served for many years on the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and she chaired the SSC Groundfish subcommittee.
Vlada is part of FRAM's Integrated Fisheries Stock Assessment team. She developed a number of stock assessments for West Coast groundfish species that were adopted as basis for management advice, including Spiny Dogfish Shark, Longnose Skate, Splitnose Rockfish, Darkblotched and Yelloweye Rockfish. Vlada's research interests focus on solving challenging analytical problems related to dynamics of fish populations in a complex and constantly changing environment, with the ultimate goal of improving current assessment techniques. She has a particular interest in elasmobranch species, such as sharks and skates. Vlada is involved in several research projects - one is funded by NOAA's Fishery And The Environment (FATE) program to integrate climate variability into stock assessment models; another is in cooperation with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) to explore variability of growth and maturity of skates over several large marine ecosystems. She is also a part of the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) for the California Current Ecosystem.