Anthony Calabrese

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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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Anthony Calabrese was born in Providence, RI on February 25, 1937. Growing up, he was interested in fishing and the ocean. Dr. Calabrese earned his masters at Auburn University in Alabama, and later earned his PhD in Zoology/Ecology from the University of Connecticut. He began his career at the Milford Laboratory in 1963. His early research focused on the effects of pollution on shellfish and he brought his expertise to EPA committees he served on. He published over 70 reports and publications and founded the Flatfish Biology Conference in 1986. He was a researcher for 20 years and served as Director for 20 years.

Interview contains discussions of: laboratory work on shellfish (oysters and clams) and pollutants, Flatfish Biology Conference, collaboration with interns, lobster mortality and disease, climate change. Aquaculture, impact of storms and sediment on shellfish.

Anthony Calabrese discusses his 41 year career at the Milford Lab, how he became involved in marine research and discusses his research with other scientists in pollution oriented work

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