Rick Goetz leads the Program in Marine Fish and Shellfish Biology located at the NWFSC's Manchester Research Station. He received a BA (1972) from Colgate University in Biology and German and a Ph.D. (1976) in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with the Fisheries and Marine Service of Canada (Vancouver, BC), he was a Professor in the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Notre Dame from 1978-2000. He then headed the Program in Scientific Aquaculture at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 2000-2004. Before coming to NOAA in 2012, he was a Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences (Great Lakes WATER Institute) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004-2011). Throughout his career, he has conducted research on reproduction, growth, and immunology in various fish species including rainbow trout, brook trout, lake trout, yellow perch, zebrafish and goldfish. More recently he has been developing genetically-defined, captive finfish (perch and sablefish) broodstocks for genetic selection in aquaculture and studying phenotypic diversity and speciation in lake trout and sablefish.
Rick's current research projects at NOAA that he is involved in include: sablefish broodstock development and genetic selection; marine larval rearing; optimizing reproductive control in aquaculture; development of sablefish diets and methods to increase growth; reproductive life history and population genetics of wild sablefish populations, and rearing of Pacific Northwest shellfish for restoration.