Northwest Fisheries Science Center

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Michelle M. McClure - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Director, FRAM Division

Michelle McClure


Michelle McClure is the Director of the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Michelle joined the NWFSC in 1999 as the Columbia River Salmon Science Coordinator. Since then, she has co-chaired the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team, led the Integrated Watershed and Nearshore Ecology Program, and headed up the NW Fisheries Science Center Research Planning Team.   Michelle holds a B.S./B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Ecology) from the Evergreen State College and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. When not thinking about fish, she likes to garden, hang out with her family, read and spend time outdoors. Michelle would like to be an astronaut when she grows up.

Current Research

Michelle is an evolutionary ecologist by training, and is broadly interested in population ecology, conservation and ecosystem management. Her most recent research has focused on the conservation of salmonids and their habitats and has supported the development of recovery plans for salmon and steelhead in the Interior Columbia Basin. Dr. McClure is also the NOAA representative to the U.N.- sponsored Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project. Michelle is looking forward to expanding her research, and exploring questions supporting effective and sustainable management of groundfishes on the U.S. West coast.