Voices from the Science Centers | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Voices from the Science Centers

  • Collection DOI:
    10.VSC/1234567890
    Principal Investigator:
    Patricia Pinto da Silva, Joshua Wrigley
  • 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.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Christofer Boggs

Chris Boggs is a Supervisory Fisheries Research Biologist and the Director of the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center [PIFSC] in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa. He received his Master's in Oceanography and Limnology as well as his PhD. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He began working at the Honolulu Laboratory in 1985 before it became the PIFSC.  He has spent the early part of his career studying tuna.

Edward Glazier Honolulu, HI NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Heeny and Linda Yuen

Heeny Yuen was born in 1926 in Hawaii. After leaving the Army, he completed his bachelors degree at the University of Michigan. He then returned to Hawaii and began a career in fisheries management at the Honolulu Lab while a graduate student. His first job was as a plankton picker. Over his long career, Heeny‘s research focus was varied with his later work focusing primarily on tuna and shark. He participated in numerous research cruises throughout his career over the vast Pacific territory. He retired in 1991 and as of this interview still lives in Hawaii.

Edward Glazier Honolulu, HI NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Gina Ylitalo

Gina Ylitalo is an environmental chemist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born in Yakima, Washington in 1957, and has been interested in a career in science since junior high.She attended Yakima Valley Community College for two years before transferring to Western Washington University and receiving a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She earned her Master of Science in Chemistry from Western Washington University and was hired by National Marine Fisheries Service in 1989.

Maggie Allen Seattle, WA NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Gary Wikfors

Gary Wikfors was born in Weehawken, NJ. After receiving his B.S. in biology at the University of Maine, Wikfors became interested in phycology. He began working at the Milford Laboratory in 1976 while earning his Master's at the University of Bridgeport. He later earned his PhD at the University of Connecticut while continuing to work at the lab. He is now the Branch Chief of the Aquaculture Sustainability Assessment Branch at the Milford Lab.

Fred Calabretta Mystic, CT NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Roland Wigley

Roland Wigley was born in 1923 in New Jersey. He studied at the University of Maine at Orono, where his college career was interrupted by World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps during the war. He returned to the University of Maine after the war and received his PhD from Cornell University, where he did a dissertation on the life history of the sea lamprey of Cayuga Lake. He began working for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries as student in 1949 and was hired in a permanent capacity in 1954. His first research project was the haddock food study.

Joshua Wrigley Falmouth, MA NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Donna Wieting

Donna Wieting currently serves as the Director of the Office for Protective Resources at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. She has a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Marine Science from Louisiana State University. She has been at the agency since 1989 in various roles. 

Ruth Sando Silver Spring, MD NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Jerry Wetherall

Jerry Wetherall was born in San Francisco. He graduated from Humboldt State University with his undergraduate degree and received his PhD at the University of Washington. His dissertation focused on salmon, downstream migration of salmon, on the Duwamish River. He served in the Peace Corps in Uganda and Kenya,and then began his career with National Marine Fisheries Service in 1974 at the Honolulu lab. Jerry has had a long and distinguished career in NOAA Fisheries and has worked all over the Pacific on a variety of topics.

Edward Glazier Honolulu, HI NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Gordon Waring

Gordon Waring was born on July 19, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Humboldt State College, his Master’s from Bridgewater State College, and his Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Waring began working for NOAA in 1973 and is a retired former team leader of the seal project within the Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Joshua Wrigley Woods Hole, MA NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Robin Waples

Robin Waples was born in Berkeley, California. He received a Bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University and his Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 1986, Waples joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center as a National Research Council Research Associate. From 1997 to 2000 he was the Director of the Conservation Biology Division. In 2001, he became the center's Senior Scientist. His research interests include population genetics of anadromous and marine fishes.

Maggie Allen Seattle, WA NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers
Patrick Twohig

Patrick Twohig was born on May 12, 1934 in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating high school in Providence, he joined the Navy and was a ship and submarine inspector for the Navy. He began working for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in 1963, and continued on at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, working at both the Woods Hole and Gloucester labs in Exploratory Fisheries. Mr. Twohig retired from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and currently splits his time between Florida and New England.

Joshua Wrigley Falmouth, MA NOAA-NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Voices from the Science Centers