Ecosystems Processes Division
Information and Description
Acting Chief: Dr. Jon Hare
Woods Hole, MA, James J. Howard, Highlands, NJ, and Narragansett, RI Laboratories
The Ecosystem Processes Division seeks to understand the effects of natural and human-induced environmental factors on fishery resources, and ultimately to predict the effects of variation in such factors on the composition, distribution, abundance, and production of fishery resources. An emphasis is placed on the study of reproductive activity and early life stages since these are generally the most vulnerable to environmental variation. Research is principally process-oriented, which includes both field and lab studies.