Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Shallin Busch - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Research Ecologist

Shallin  Busch


Dr. Shallin Busch is an ecologist with NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program and Northwest Fisheries Science Center  in Seattle, Washington. For the Ocean Acidification Program, Shallin staffs the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification, manages the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange, coordinates the Program's biological impacts research, and is the point person for the Program's activities on the US West Coast.  Her research at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center focuses on how ocean acidification may impact North Pacific ecosystems, and she uses laboratory experiments and ecosystem modeling as tools to develop understanding. In 2014, Shallin was stationed at NOAA's headquarters, where, in addition to working for the Ocean Acidification Program, she worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service's Office of Science and Technology and helped to draft the Fishery Service's Climate Science Strategy. In 2012, she served on the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. She current serves on California's Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Task Force. Shallin received an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Washington, and was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

Current Research

Shallin is interested in how environmental change influences animal physiology, populations, and communities. Her current research focuses on how ocean acidification and climate change may impact North Pacific ecosystems. Working with other members of the NWFSC ocean acidification group, she helped develop a state-of-the-art laboratory at the NWFSC for studying the impacts of ocean acidification, hypoxia, and temperature change on coastal marine organisms. Shallin uses this laboratory facility to conduct experiments on species of economic, ecologic, or conservation concern. Shallin incorporates data from her laboratory work and other published data into ecological models to explore how the impacts of ocean acidification and climate change on susceptible species cascade through food webs via trophic interactions. By integrating results from organismal to ecosystem levels, Shallin aims to generate data relevant to management of species and communities in a changing environment.