Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Brian J. Burke - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Supervisory Research Fish Biologist


Brian Burke has worked in fisheries since 1993 and joined the NWFSC in early 2002. His interests lie primarily in ecological modeling--from small-scale processes such as energetics and physiology of individuals to larger-scale processes such as animal movement, habitat quality and population fluctuations. He has worked in freshwater (Ohio reservoirs, Lake Erie), estuarine (Pamlico Sound in North Carolina), and marine (Eastern Pacific Ocean off of Washington and Oregon) environments. He has also worked part time as a computer programmer. Brian received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Ohio State University, an M.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington.

Current Research

Brian is focused on several studies, including habitat preferences and behavior of Pacific salmon during their early ocean residence and the influence of various ocean indicators on salmon survival.  In addition, Brian provides data management expertise to multiple projects, such as juvenile sockeye salmon migration from Redfish Lake.