William “Bill” Hettler

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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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  • Mr. Bill Hettler was born in Chicago and was raised in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Bill attended the University of Texas and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1960.
  • After graduation he was commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy and spent the next few years stationed in the western Pacific.
  • Upon leaving active Service, Bill enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program at the University of Texas and received his degree in 1964.
  • He was hired by the Beaufort Laboratory in 1964 and for his first few years worked for the Lab’s Menhaden Program handling fishery-dependent data for the gulf menhaden fishery.
  • For a majority of his career, Bill was involved with spawning and rearing marine fishes, especially menhaden; several of his major publications focused on fish spawning methodologies and descriptions of fish eggs and larvae.
  • Late in his career, Bill surveyed ichthyoplankton ingress and egress adjacent several major North Carolina inlets.

He retired from the Beaufort Laboratory in 1998. 

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