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Ambrose Jearld, with the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in the background.   Photo credit:  Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC/NOAA.
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Fellows in attendance gathered at the AFS meeting in Portland, Oregon, in August. Ambrose Jearld is standing at far right. Photo courtesy American Fisheries Society

October 1, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Ambrose Jearld Named to Inaugural Class of American Fisheries Society Fellows

Ambrose Jearld, Director of Academic Programs at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), was named to the inaugural class of American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fellows at the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August.

AFS now designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding or meritorious contributions to the diversity of fields that are included in the American Fisheries Society. Contributions can include, but are not restricted to, efforts in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/orconservation, and outreach or interaction with the public.

“We wanted to honor AFS members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their outstanding and/or sustained contributions to the discipline,” said AFS Past President Donna Parrish, who presided over the ceremony at the society’s 145th annual meeting. “The Fellows program will help make outstanding AFS members more competitive for awards and honors when they are being compared with colleagues from other disciplines and support the advancement of AFS members to leadership positions in their own institutions and in the broader society.”

After earning a Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University, Jearld taught biology at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and zoology at Howard University in Washington, DC before moving to Falmouth, Massachusetts, where he has been a fisheries biologist at the Woods Hole Laboratory of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center since 1978. He has conducted and published research, and served as an administrator and manager, holding positions as chief of fishery biology investigations and chief of research planning, evaluation, and coordination. As Director of Academic Programs he is involved in numerous educational outreach activities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Jearld is a charter member and former chair of the Woods Hole Black History Month Committee, and is chair of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee, a multi-institution committee that advises six Woods Hole science organizations. He also serves as Director of the Partnership Education Program (PEP), a summer science intern program designed to promote diversity in the Woods Hole science community by recruiting talent from groups that are underrepresented in marine and environmental sciences.

At the meeting, 83 Fellows were announced, and Jearld was among the 42 in attendance to be recognized by their peers in person. The inaugural class consisted of members of national academies associated with countries whose regular AFS members constitute at least 1% of all regular AFS members, recipients of a major AFS award, editors of AFS Journals for more than 5 years, and past presidents of AFS. Future Fellows will be selected by a committee using a nomination process.

Former NEFSC staff members John Boreman, Bradford Brown, Mary Fabrizio and Carolyn Griswold were also elected to the inaugural class of AFS Fellows. Boreman and Brown worked at the Woods Hole Laboratory, Fabrizio at the Howard Lab at Sandy Hook, and Griswold at the Narragansett Laboratory.

Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.

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