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Dr. Thomas Noji grew up on Long Island. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, and completed his Master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Keele in Germany. Dr. Noji worked in Germany and Norway for 21 years, returning to the United States in 2001 to work at the Sandy Hook Lab of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. As of this recording in 2016, he is the Ecosystems Processes Division Chief.
Interview contains discussion of: outside funding for projects, future of the Ecosystems Processes Division, ecosystem-based fisheries management, effect of climate change on fisheries, eDNA, using ecosystem information in stock assessments, agreements between Sandy Hook and local universities, labor shortage at the Sandy Hook lab, reopening restricted fishing areas, community outreach and education in fisheries and aquaculture, budget challenges in fisheries science, diversity in the Science Centers, 2017 ICES science conference.
In this interview, Dr. Thomas Noji gives a detailed description of his background and his experiences working at the Sandy Hook Lab of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. He goes into particular detail about the effects of labor shortages at the Sandy Hook Lab, as well as the future plans to focus on aquaculture.
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