Allyn B. Powell

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NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories


Interviews with retired staff of NOAA Beaufort Lab, documenting their academic background, career path, research focus, and reflections on their work in the lab.  

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  • Allyn B. Powell: Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and raised in Jersey City, NJ, and vicinity.
  • Graduated from Middlesex County (NJ) Vocational and Technical School in 1954 with certification in Machine Drawing.
  • Employed by Bethlehem Steel Co. until 1957 when he volunteered for the draft; a majority of his service time in the U.S. Army was spent at White Sands Missile Range (NM) as a surveyor and draftsman.
  • Leaving the Service in 1960, Allyn went back to work for Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco and New Jersey.
  • In 1964 Allyn volunteered for the Peace Corps and was stationed in The Cameroons in Africa through 1966.
  • He entered Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1970.
  • He entered the Master’s program at the University of North Carolina and received his degree in 1974; his thesis topic was on the life history of paralichthine flounders.
  • From 1973 to 1975 Allyn was employed by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, where he participated in seasonal offshore survey cruises designed to tag commercially-important flounder species and to explore deep-sea red crab and lobster resources off the North Carolina coast.
  • In 1975 he was hired by NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory. Allyn’s initial responsibilities were spawning and rearing coastal fishes, mainly spot and menhaden, while describing and developing feeding regimes for the larvae.
  • He participated in larval fish studies in the Gulf of Mexico 1979 through the late 1980s and was a lead investigator for ichthyoplankton and juvenile fish surveys in Florida Bay 1999 through the early 2000s. 
  • Allyn enrolled Oregon State University’s Graduate School program in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department in 1982 via NOAA’s Scholarship Program and was conferred his Ph.D. in 1989.
  • He retired from the Beaufort Lab in 2005.

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