Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Jason M. Cope - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Research Fish Biologist


Jason received his B.A. in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and evolution from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. At U.C. Berkeley, he had the pleasure of working in the lab of Roy Caldwell and closely with the late George Barlow. Post-undergraduate work involved studying the reproductive biology and behavior of seed beetles in the lab of Dr. Charles W. Fox at the Louis Calder Biological Station in New York state. He received his M.S. in 2002 from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the lab of Dr. Gregor Cailliet. His thesis work included both genetic and population modeling approaches to describe the phylogeography, historical demography, and contemporary population dynamics of blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) populations in California. Jason completed his PhD from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington in December of 2008. Dr. André Punt was his major advisor and his dissertation explored ways to approach assessing fish stocks in data-limited situations using simulation testing.

Current Research

Jason has contributed to several groundfish stock assessments for the NWFSC since 2004 and is a member of the centers stock assessment team. In addition to groundfish stock assessments, Jason is currently working on several projects including improving estimates of basic life history characteristics (e.g. age and growth, mortality) of groundfishes, incorporating spatial dynamics into stock assessments, and developing alternative assessment methods in data-limited situations. He is also a member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council Groundfish Management Team and actively involved in the development of Annual Catch Limits and appropriate harvest control rules for management purposes.