During his scientific career, Ric Brodeur has examined processes that control variability in marine ecosystems and the transfer of energy from plankton to fish. Prior to coming the NWFSC in 1999, Ric worked for 10 years on Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea ecosystems research. He specialized in assessing factors that affect the early life history and the recruitment of walleye pollock. Recently, Ric has concentrated on biophysical factors related to juvenile salmon survival during their first summer at sea, particularly in plumes and frontal regions. He has also researched pelagic-benthic coupling and zooplankton ecology. On the management side, Ric has worked with numerous agencies, providing information on ecosystem status and variability. He also developed the NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plan for studying juvenile salmon in marine waters. Ric has a B.S. in fisheries from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington.
Ric currently leads a team of researchers and students working on several projects including feeding ecology of juvenile salmon and other fishes in the Columbia River plume, distribution of salmon and associated biota relative to hydrographic features and migration patterns of salmon in coastal waters. He currently sits on several national and international committees, panels and working groups and is heavily involved with North Pacific fisheries science and management issues.