November 22, 2013
SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Mary Yoklavich has received the 2012 Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award, honoring excellence in habitat conservation in the marine environment.
Yoklavich is a supervisory research biologist and leader of the Fisheries Ecology Division’s Habitat Ecology Team. Her research focuses on the typically inaccessible deep sea habitats that support many commercial fish species as well as little known invertebrate species that themselves are a valuable component of habitat. Much of her work is conducted on board small submersibles or using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to map, explore and characterize the communities residing in these remote ecosystems.
In addition to her research contributions, Mary has been a leader in the development of NOAA’s Habitat program, to ensure habitat considerations are included in fisheries management, and she has served on multiple panels defining and establishing Essential Fish Habitat for coastal species. A prolific writer, Mary has produced more than 90 scientific publications and co-authored the book The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific.
NOAA Habitat Conservation - Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team