Dr. David A. Demer works in the field of field of Fisheries Acoustics. His research involves the development and application of technology for improving the accuracy, precision, and efficiency of surveys of marine living resources. He has designed and conducted experiments for assessing zooplankton and fish stocks, predator-prey interactions, and ecosystem investigations along the west coast of North America from the Sea of Cortez to the Bering Sea; along the east coast from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Maine; in the Irish, Ligurian, and Red Seas, off South Africa, and in the Southern Ocean.
Dr. Demer earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from University of Arizona in 1986, worked as a Product Engineer for Intel Corporation from 1986 to 1989, received a Hertz Foundation Fellowship in 1989, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Applied Ocean Science / ECE from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California at San Diego in 1994.
Dr. Demer began his career with NOAA at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) as a Research Engineer with the Antarctic Ecosystems Research Division in 1990. He became the Leader of the SWFSC’s Advanced Survey Technologies Program (AST) in 1999, a Research Associate with the Marine Physical Laboratory at SIO in 2000, a Research Associate with the Integrative Oceanography Division at SIO in 2007, Guest Editor for the ICES Journal of Marine Science (JMS) in 2009, Review Editor for the JMS in 2012, and Senior Scientist at the SWFSC in 2010. Presently, he continues to lead the AST, acoustic-trawl surveys of fish and zooplankton, and the development and application of new sampling instruments and techniques.