Northeast Cooperative Research Staff

Anna Mercer Branch Chief - Northeast Cooperative Research Program Woods Hole MA Anna grew up in Maine, where fishing and seafood are integral parts of the culture and economy. Her passion for understanding and sustaining the region's living marine resources and the communities that they support led her to a career in fisheries science. Anna developed her scientific expertise at the University of New Hampshire, where she received a B.S. in Marine Biology, and later at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, where she received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography.
 
John Hoey Deputy Chief, Cooperative Research Branch
401 782-3323
John coordinates, oversees, plans, and executes cooperative research programs managed and/or supported by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and its partners in this effort. He has also worked as a scientist for other NMFS offices, a federal fishery management council, and for the National Fisheries Institute. He has spent much of his career working with commercial fishermen to build databases from their business records that can then be used to improve fishery stock assessments.
 
Earl Meredith Cooperative Research Coordinator
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9276
Earl has been with the Northeast Cooperative Research Program (NCRP) since it began in 1999. His role is to facilitate strategic and fiscal planning for the NCRP, serve on the New England Fishery Management Council’s Research Steering Committee, enhance outreach to constituents, and promote cooperative research among recreational angling constituents. Prior to working in the NCRP Earl worked as an analyst in NOAA’s Fishery Statistics Office, and before joining NOAA, was the Vice President of Fishery Information Managements Systems, Inc. Outside of work, Earl volunteers in leadership development programs, mentors young scientists, and serves as Commodore of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport, MA.
 
Cheryl Corbett Cooperative Programs Specialist/Federal Programs Officer
Woods Hole, MA
508 495-2070
Cheryl administers the Atlantic Sea Scallop, Monkfish, and Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside Programs. She is customer-service oriented and enjoys community outreach. She is a member of the Woods Hole Marketing Group and actively involved with the coordination of the Annual Woods Hole Science Stroll. Before joining NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2007, Cheryl worked for the National Park Service at their Regional Office in Boston for 16 years as a Contracting Officer. Cheryl is a native Cape Codder, who is naturally drawn to the peacefulness of the area and is impressed with the passion of everyone involved in cooperative research. Outside of work she enjoys coordinating children's activities at a local golf club and serving meals at the homeless shelter.
 
Carolyn Woodhead Cooperative Research Specialist
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9197
Carolyn is a cooperative research specialist whose duties include a wide range of tasks such as aiding in the development and oversight of NEFSC cooperative research competitions and contracts, and assisting with program activities for the Northeast Cooperative Research Program. Before joining the Cooperative Research Program, she worked with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in their fisheries and shellfish programs, and with NOAA's Northeast Regional Office in Protected Resources. Carolyn enjoys working with diverse groups on the practical applications of fisheries research, and spends her free time boating and fishing on the North Shore.
 
Ryan Silva Cooperative Research Liaison
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9326
Ryan Silva serves as the Cooperative Research Liaison for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, working with scientists, fishermen, and managers to support cooperative research efforts. With a background in fisheries science and expertise in the fishery management process, Ryan is well positioned to help bridge the gap between the science and management arenas. In this capacity, Ryan oversees implementation of the region’s research set-aside programs, experimental fishing regulations and policies, and serves as the general point of contact for the Regional Office for cooperative research.
 
Dominique St. Amand Biological Field Coordinator
Woods Hole MA
508-495-2121
Dom began his work experience in the environmental sector as an Environmental Engineering Technician with Cedar Creek Engineering in Kentucky. After gaining some real world experience in the science field, Dom moved to New England to observe on groundfishing vessels for the implementation of sector management in 2010. Shortly after his stint it the Gulf of Mexico, Dom accepted a job with the Northeast Fisheries Sampling Branch as an Observer Trainer. In 2013, Dom accepted a job with the Northeast Cooperative Research Branch as a Field Scientist. Currently, Dom is the Cooperative Research Field Coordinator assisting with managing the field staff, the data they collect, managing the enhanced biosampling research program, and is the webmaster for the Study Fleet website.
 
name Data and Administrative Support
Narragansett RI
401-782-3251
Katie has always had a passion for wildlife and fisheries conservation earning a bachelorís degree (2004) and Master degree (2011) in this major from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She started her career with the Cooperative Research Branch in 2007 as a field technician organizing logistical and technical support for industry partners participating in the Study Fleet Program. In her current role, she provides administrative, technical and data support for the Cooperative Research Branchís various projects. Outside of work, Katie most enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, three kids, and Rhodesian Ridgeback.
 
Mike Morin Data Manager and Software Developer
Narragansett RI
401-782-3278
Mike received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from the University of New Hampshire. His graduate research involved conducting a mark and recapture project examining Atlantic Cod movements in the western gulf of Maine rolling closures. The project, funded by Cooperative Research, involved working with commercial fisherman to tag cod and other groundfish species. After completing his degree, he moved to Galveston Texas and worked as a Coastal Fisheries Technician for Texas Parks and Wildlife, monitoring the Galveston Bay ecosystem. In 2006, he ventured back to New England and took a job at the Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester. In 2009, he transitioned to the NEFSC in Narragansett, RI, and unwittingly underwent a career change. Since joining the Study Fleet team, Mike has gained proficiency with SQL and PL/SQL through his work with Study Fleet data analysis. In addition, Mike has developed web based applications using HTML, Javascript, Perl, and PHP as part of overseeing the Study Fleet Management system. Mike currently manages the NEFFC's Fisheries Logbook and Data Recording Software (FLDRS) application used by commercial fishers to record and submit data to the NEFSC. He now works as the data manager and software developer for the Cooperative Research branch.
 
Field Scientist
Narragansett RI
401-782-3311
Calvin grew up in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Rhode Island in 2007. He attended the University of Rhode Island wherehe received a B.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology. Prior to moving to Rhode Island Calvin worked in the Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries as a Biological Data Collector and Fisheries Extension Officer. His research interests there included investigating the sexual maturity of the four-winged flying fish (Hirundichthys affinis), biological data collection from experimental gear studies, and underwater data collection and photography as part of a ghost fishing study of abandoned traps. Calvin joined the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program in the summer of 2010 and remained there for two years. He worked out of ports from Maine to Virginia and later took on responsibilities as a trip trainer and evaluated potential Fisheries Observer candidates. Calvin joined the Study Fleet as a Field Scientist and is based out of Narragansett, RI
 
Fisheries Research Analyst
Woods Hole MA
508-495-2249
Dave earned his bachelorís degree from Connecticut College with a major in zoology and minor in botany. He received his Ph.D from University of Rhode Island where his research focused on shark feeding ecology conducted in collaboration with researchers from the NEFSC Apex Predators Program. While in graduate school in addition to his dissertation research, he participated in a variety of surveys, including fixed gear and industry based surveys, as well as contributing to several tagging studies. In 2009, Dave joined the NEFSC in Woods Hole as a contractor working jointly for the Population Biology Branch and Cooperative Research Branch. He has helped to collect data and lead analysis for studies on fish reproduction and condition in several groundfish species utilizing samples from the Study Fleet program and other cooperative research programs. Several of these studies of reproductive dynamics are ongoing. He has also participated in some cooperative research gear studies. He was a co-PI on a broad scale spiny dogfish tagging study conducted from industry vessels trying to better understand stock structure and regional movement. Currently he also helps manage the CRB industry based Gulf of Maine Longline survey, including the fieldwork, data management, and conducting analysis.
 
name Field Scientist
Woods Hole MA
508-495-2308
Giovanni Gianesin earned his bachelors degrees in Marine Biology and Modern Foreign Languages from Roger Williams University. Shortly after graduation, he worked as an environmental Educator on Virginiaís Eastern Shore. In 2008, Giovanni started working as a Fisheries Observer. In Alaska, the variety of vessels he worked on included Sablefish Longliners, Pacific Cod Trap Boats, Pollock Trawlers, and Flounder Catcher/Processor boats. After a couple of seasons, he found observing work closer to home in the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery. Alongside observing trips, Giovanni worked as an Endangered Species Observer and Dredge Placement Monitor for the Army Core of Engineers on tugboats in New York Harbor. He entered the office environment in 2010 to work as an observer and at-sea monitor trainer for the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program. In 2013 he returned to working alongside fishermen when he joined the Cooperative Research Group.
 
Jessica Blaylock Fisheries Research Analyst
Woods Hole, MA
508 495-2000
Jessica has been a contractor at the NEFSC since 2007. She started with the Population Dynamics Branch where she focused on discard estimation and stock assessments for several years before moving to the Ecosystem Surveys Branch in 2015 to work on research related to the Centerís bottom trawl survey. She joined the Cooperative Research Branch at the end of 2018 to serve as an analyst primarily focusing on the bottom longline survey. Jessica is originally from Switzerland where she lived until moving to the U.S. for college. She received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Math from the University of Montana, a Masterís in Ecology from the University of Burgundy (France), and a Professional Science Masterís in Quantitative Fisheries from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, sailing, skiing and generally pursuing some type of outdoor adventure.
 
Tyler Pavlowich Fisheries Ecologist
Narragansett RI
401-782-3258
Tyler is a fisheries ecologist who works closely with fishermen so that his research addresses the most important issues relevant to fishery management. For his Ph.D., he studied the ecological and social aspects of a highly-exploited coral reef fishery in the Dominican Republic. With the NEFSC, Tyler is managing a project focused on using fishermen's observations of flatfish populations and distributions to address elements of uncertainty so that they might help inform stock assessments. Current focal topics include the ways climate-driven changes in habitat use, the timing of migration, spatial use conflicts, and regulation affect both scientific fishery-independent surveys and fishermen's catch and perception of target species populations.
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