Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Bill T. Peterson - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
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Bill T. Peterson


Bill Peterson has worked at NWFSC's Newport Field Station since September 1995. He came to Newport from NOAA Fisheries headquarters, where he served for three years as the Director of the U.S. GLOBEC Interagency Program Coordination Office. Prior to that, he worked in Monterey, CA with the National Ocean Service as a Supervisory Physical Scientist. In that role, he supervised the activities of 15 scientists associated with the Center for Ocean Analysis and Prediction. Other areas where he has worked include the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the Sea Fisheries Research Institute and as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island, NY.

Current Research

Bill's chief research interest is to study the effects of climate variability and change on zooplankton and pelagic fish populations (particularly juvenile salmonids) in the Northern California Current region. He also leads an active research program on euphausiid (krill) ecology and biology. He uses high-frequency acoustics to study distributions of zooplankton and fish and the spatial interactions of these taxa within the physical ocean environment.

Bill is active in the PICES program, serving as chairman of the Regional Experiments Committee. He has helped organize the annual conference on the ecology of juvenile salmonids, and is a member of the Organizing Committee for the forthcoming 3rd International Symposium on Zooplankton Production.

Bill serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Plankton Research and is an anonymous referee with the Marine Ecology Progress Series. He is an adjunct professor of oceanography at the College of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, serves on several Ph.D. committees and advises graduate students.