Linda Rhodes

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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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Linda Rhodes was born in Fort Eustis, Virginia in 1952. Linda moved to the Seattle coast in 1974. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Washington in 1993. Linda has done work as a histopathologist and zoologist. She began working for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in 1976 and has been a microbiologist since 2007. She enjoys in her leisure time participating in citizen science projects in her county. As of this interview, Linda lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Interview contains discussions of: molecular biology, histopathology, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Puget Sound, Whidbey Island, government scientists, multidisciplinary research, Pacific Northwest marine ecosystems, ecotoxicology, citizen science, bull kelp, infectious diseases in fish, bacteria, hyporheic zone, respiratory bacteria in killer whales, women in research science and environmental DNA.

Linda describes in this interview the challenges of government science with specific attention to issues surrounding the importance of microbiology. She describes the path of her education and career with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington.

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