Jerome "Jerry" Prezioso
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.
Jerry Prezioso was born on February 27, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and his master‟s from the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. Jerry began working at the NOAA Laboratory in Narragansett, Rhode Island in 1974 and continues to work there as an oceanographer to this day.
Interview contains discussions of: NOAA Narragansett Laboratory, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, zooplankton, plankton sampling, collaboration between NOAA scientists and foreign fishing vessels, technological advances, mechanical bathythermograph, climate change, outreach to schools and students, NMFS, Shark Week, salps, changes in gender bias within NOAA and the fishing industry.
Jerry Prezioso discusses his introduction to oceanography and the study of plankton as an undergraduate at Northeastern University as well as his experiences working as a scientist at the NOAA Laboratory in Narragansett. Jerry touches upon topics such as collaborations with foreign fishing vessels, outreach to students, and major changes that he has observed involving technology, gender bias in the field, and organism behavior in response to climate change.
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