Richard McBride

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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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Dr. Richard McBride earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Eckerd College, his Master’s in Oceanography from Stonybrook University, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. He worked at the Florida Marine Research Institute beginning in 1994. In 2006, he joined the Northeast Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole where, as of this interview in 2016, he currently works as the Chief of the Population Biology Branch.

Interview contains discussion of: Sea robins, Florida’s sport fishing industry, ballyhoo spawning, researching spawning fish, winter flounder maturity, capital breeding fish, income breeding fish, fish spawning and climate change, shad research, fish response to climate change, structure of the Wood Hole branch.

In this interview, Richard McBride gives a detailed description of his work studying the reproductive cycles of fish, particularly with sea robins and baitfish. He discusses his experiences working at the Florida Marine Research Institute and at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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