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Ron Heintz

Ron Heintz
 
  Title: Program Manager
Division: Auke Bay Laboratories
Email: Ron.Heintz@noaa.gov
Phone: (907) 789-6058
Address: Auke Bay Laboratories
AFSC/NMFS/NOAA/DOC
Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
17109 Pt. Lena Loop Road
Juneau, AK 99801

Current Activities
Our program is engaged in understanding the recruitment mechanisms of capelin, juvenile pollock, Pacific cod, herring and rockfish. We relate bioenergetic data such as energy, lipid content and growth rates of juvenile fish to characteristics of their habitat. Consequently, we are also engaged in developing and using quantitative measures of fish abundance and distribution in nearshore habitats. These approaches are currently being applied to nearshore systems in the Gulf of Alaska, Prince William Sound and the high arctic.

Background
I have worked at the Auke Bay Lab since 1980 when I was hired to pull beach seines to identify which direction pink salmon migrated out of southeastern Alaska. In the following years I obtained a Masters Degree (1985) studying seasonal changes in the diet and distribution of Dolly Varden char and a PhD (2009) studying how juvenile salmonids residing in streams use the energy subsidies provided by spawning adult salmon. Currently, I am the manager of the Recruitment Energetics and Coastal Assessment Progam at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. We are working to understand how juvenile fish allocate energy between the competing demands of growth and energy storage and how that strategy relates to habitat characteristics and ultimately influences their survival. This includes field studies to identify seasonal changes in the distribution and abundance of juveniles and laboratory studies to examine what they eat and how they allocate energy in different tissues.


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