Anne Richards

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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Dr. Anne Richards was born the youngest of five children in Morristown, NJ on June 26, 1952 to parents from Ohio. She moved around a lot growing up and fell in love with New England when she lived here for a short time. Anne intentionally came back to New England to attend Colby College and studied marine Science and became interested in animal behavior. She attended the University of Rhode Island focusing on behavioral and ecological communities of fish in the Zoology department. The majority of her career has been spent at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 1985 as the Striped Bass Coordinator. She began work on Northern Shrimp in 1992 before moving to the University of Maryland for 3 years. She returned to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 1999 and began researching monkfish which she continues to study.

Interview contains discussions of: Darling Center, community ecology, behavioral ecology, Northern Shrimp, predation, Northern Shrimp Fishery closure, Striped Bass and regulation, Emergency Striped Bass Study, cooperative research, Monkfish Survey, dovekeys, monkfish spawning and and egg veil spawing, Monkfish biology and monkfish regulations, cooperative research.

Anne Richard's interview is a description of her work studying striped bass, northern shrimp and monkfish. She provides a rich description of the biology of these species. In addition, she discusses the changes at the Center from a focus on biological research to a focus on at-sea data 3 and modeling. She also explains the funding challenges and how that impacts the ability to do relevant, necessary science.

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