Richard Langton

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Voices from the Science Centers


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Richard Langton grew up north of Boston. He studied at Northeastern University and later earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in marine biology at the University College of North Wales in the United Kingdom. Langton completed a post-doc aquaculture project in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was then hired by the Federal government at Woods Hole. He worked in Maine as the Bureau Director of the lab in Boothbay Harbor and started a non-profit company in Tobago. He returned to work for the NMFS again at Sandy Hook and is editor of Fishery Bulletin.

Interview contains discussions of: salmon, benthic community, National Marine Fisheries Service, Maine Department of Marine Resources-Bureau of Marine Science, Woods Hole, Sandy Hook, fish food, food chain, ecosystem based management, Gulf of Maine and coastal ecology.

Langton explains how he became involved in marine research and discusses his collaborations with other scientists as well as his contributions to marine science and our understandings of benthic communities.

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