Acting Chief: Dr. David Richardson
Woods Hole and Narragansett Laboratories
Ecosystems Processes Division
The Oceanography Branch analyzes data collected on the Northeast Continental Shelf ecosystem to understand how the components of the ecosystem influence the distribution, abundance, and productivity of living marine resources (LMRs).
The Branch conducts process oriented research on the influence of the environment and lower trophic levels on LMRs.
In addition, the Branch collects temperature and salinity data on almost all Center cruises to monitor the seasonal and interannual variability in the water properties on the northeast continental shelf.
Specific focus is given to studying the physical and biological processes which control the growth and survival of the early life stages of fish populations and of their zooplankton prey organisms.