Chris Harvey has been at the NWFSC since 2001 and joined the CB division in 2009. He received a B.S. in biology from Wake Forest University, an M.S. in fisheries from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in limnology and marine science from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to coming to the NWFSC, Chris studied aquatic community structure in southwest Alaska, the Arctic, the Great Lakes, and the Baltic Sea.
Chris's main research is using ecosystem-scale models to describe the ecology of marine communities in Puget Sound. In particular, he is examining how trophic interactions, habitat quality, spatial gradients, and human activities such as fishing, land use, nutrient and contaminant inputs, and geoduck aquaculture affect marine populations and community structure. He is also using ecosystem models to identify suitable indicators for supporting management activities.
His other research interests include the ecology of jellyfish in Puget Sound, the population genetics of threatened and endangered rockfish populations in Puget Sound, the role of bald eagles in structuring marine communities, the bioenergetics of groundfish in the California Current, the effects of climate change and variability on California Current fish assemblages, and the role of ocean acidification on the California Current food web. These projects involve collaboration with many state, federal, and university researchers.
Chris is also involved in the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA), for which he is one of the new science co-leads; and in providing science products in support of marine spatial planning along the outer coast of Washington state.