Peter Crumley

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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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Peter originally hails from Connecticut, but at an early age, his family moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina. He attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Shortly after graduation, Peter took a brief job with Allied Chemical Company. Peter moved to Carteret County, NC, in 1979 and he accepted a Physical Science Technician position at NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory in March. Peter worked for Dr. Peter Hanson for his initial five years at the Laboratory; then, he worked for Dr. David Evans for the remainder of his career. Initially, Peter participated in numerous interdisciplinary cruises in the northern Gulf of Mexico (the GOMEX Project). During the 1990s, he was involved with the Status and Trends Program, which was a survey of major U.S. estuaries, collecting baseline information on trace metals in the systems. During the latter part of his career, Peter studied methyl mercury burdens in important commercial and recreational marine fishes of the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. He retired in 2010 with 31 years of Federal service. In retirement, Peter has been active assisting the blind community of Beaufort, NC.  He has helped develop tactile walking maps and displays at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, while assisting the Town in making their public projects more accessible to the blind.

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