Rita Curtis

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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. Rita Curtis is the Chief of NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology, Economic and Social Analysis Division. Dr. Curtis first began working with NOAA in 1999 as an economist for the Office of Science and Technology. In 1999, she completed her PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. Beforehand, Dr. Curtis worked at the Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center in Hawaii studying the longline fleet.

Interview contains discussions of: NOAA Office of Science and Technology, social scientists, economists, FishSET, BLAST, climate change, catch share programs, Hawaii, longline fleet, Sea Grant.

Dr. Rita Curtis discusses her position and duties as an economist and Chief of the Economic and Social Analysis Division of the NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology. She discusses projects within the department as well as visualization and decision support tools her department is developing, including FishSET and BLAST.

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