Dr. Richard W. Brill
Fishery Biologist, NMFS, NOAA & Adjunct Faculty Virginia Institute of Marine Science
My fields of expertise are the physiological ecology, sensory biology, and bioenergetics of fishes; and my research is centered on using physiological research techniques to address questions pertinent to fisheries science. I employ field and laboratory approaches in a reciprocal relationship where each generates hypotheses that are subsequently tested in the other. During much of my career, I investigated the effects of oceanographic conditions on the distribution, abundance, and fishing gear vulnerability of commercially important tunas and billfishes. Since joining the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, my activities have focused more on questions relevant to species inhabiting Chesapeake Bay and their inshore environment.