Linda Stehlik

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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 Stehlik graduated in 1972 from Douglas College, a part of Rutgers University, with her bachelor's. She initially focused on terrestrial ecology but decided to pursue marine studies in lieu of studying birds due to the more promising job market in the marine biology field and her interest in tropical ecology. She began her graduate work at the University of Florida before attending Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she earned her Master's in 1980. She worked at Cook College between schools and spent time researching salt marshes in New Jersey. She began working at the Sandy Hook Laboratory in the 1980's and retired in 2016.

Interview contains discussions of: salt marshes, toxicology, effects of presidential campaign on job opportunities, Building 17 fire, estuaries, bluefish, striped bass, blue crabs, behavioral ecology, Raritan Bay. 

Linda Stehlik discusses how her love of nature as a child led to her career in marine biology. She describes her research over the years and the changes she has seen at the Sandy Hook Laboratory.

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