2016 SWFSC Ecosystem Science Review

April 18-22, 2016
Pacific  Room - Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, CA

The 2016 NOAA Fisheries Science Program Reviews will evaluate ecosystem science programs that inform the management, protection, and restoration of resilient and productive ecosystems. Ecosystem-related science programs are defined in the Ecosystem Science Program Review Terms of Reference as "those elucidating ecological, oceanographic, climate, and habitat-related processes as they are linked to living marine resource (LMR) species." In addition, this review will assess if Southwest Fisheries Science Center science programs are focused on the priority information needs required to complete the National Marine Fisheries Service's mission.

The SWFSC's Ecosystem Science Program Review will cover the quality of our current ecosystem science activities and will assess our progress in transitioning to more holistic, ecosystem approaches to our science and research. We will present the ecosystem perspective of all our science programs including those in: the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, Antarctic Living Marine Resources, North Pacific open ocean. Reviewers will provide advice on the quality and direction of our ecosystem science. Additional information about NMFS reviews and results of previous reviews can be found here

The review panel consists of experts from within and outside NOAA. Reviewers will provide advice to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center on the direction and quality of its ecosystem science programs. The review will include background materials, presentations by scientists, a poster session, extended discussion sessions, and opportunities for public comment. Independent review reports from the panelists and our response, including an action plan for program adjustments based on panelists' recommendations, will be made available after the review.

Review Panel Members 
Robin Webb (Panel Chair), NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Dan Costa, University of California Santa Cruz 
Éva Plagányi-Lloyd, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Jeff Polovina, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center 
Eileen Hofmann, Old Dominion University  
Doug DeMaster, Alaska Fisheries Science Center     

Terms of Reference

Background materials




Past Reviews  

Pacific Room
NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037


If you have further questions or would like to attend this event, please contact Roslind Varghese (Roslind.Varghese@noaa.gov) or Sarah Shoffler (Sarah.Shoffler@noaa.gov). The review will take place in a government building and you will need proper identification and to be on the guest list in order to enter. 

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