Dr. Beth A. Phelan
Chief, Fisheries Ecology Branch
- Ph.D., 2000, Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University
- M.S., 1981, Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland
- B.S., 1978, Biology, Manhattan College (Summa cum Laude)
- 2005-present: Branch Chief, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, Behavioral Ecology Branch, J.J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
- 2009-present: Ocean Acidification Research Coordinator, Northeast Fishery Science Center.
- 2008-2009: Acting Branch Chief, Marine Chemistry Branch, J.J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory.
Beth has been a research fishery biologist at the Howard Marine Sciences Lab at Sandy Hook since 1984 and a supervisor since 2007. She has conducted field and laboratory research that focuses on a number of species from the Mid-Atlantic (summer and winter flounder, bluefish, striped bass, black sea bass, tautog, skate, goosefish, and American lobster). Of particular interest are: fish habitat and behavior as influenced by natural and anthropogenic variability. Currently involved in ocean acidification impacts on fishery resources.