Beth Phelan-Hill

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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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Beth Phelan Hill, Ph.D. has been a research fishery biologist at the J.J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab at Sandy Hook since 1984. She earned her PhD from Rutgers University. At the time of this interview, she was the Chief of Fisheries Ecology.

Interview contains discussions of:Changes in focus for lab, ecology, ecosystem management, ocean acidification and climate change.

In this interview, Beth Phelan Hill discusses her work with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center including funding challenges and the evolution of data management.

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