Dr. Stanley M. Warlen

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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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Stan, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, developed an interest in the natural world from an early age. This passion led him to pursue higher education, and in 1962, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. Stan continued his academic journey and obtained his Master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1964. In 1965, Stan came to work for the Beaufort Laboratory, where he made significant contributions to the field of marine ecology. Initially employed with the Menhaden Program, he played a crucial role in managing fishery-dependent data collection. Later, Stan transferred to the Ecology Division of the Lab, focusing his research on examining pesticide residues in estuarine fishes. He developed innovative methods for aging larval fish through the examination of their otoliths, contributing valuable insights into their life cycles. Additionally, Stan's work involved back-calculating spawning dates from otolith ages, providing crucial information for understanding the reproductive patterns and dynamics of various fish species. Stan retired from the Beaufort Laboratory in 1997.

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