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May 10, 2016

A Fish's stomach provides a window into the Ocean's ecosystems

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What has this cod been eating? Photo credit: Erika Acuna, NOAA Fisheries
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Biological data provide important information about a fish's life history. What a fish eats can tell scientists about the health of a fish population and about the ecosystem they live in.

Check out our Fish Stomach Tweet Chat held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 with Alaska Fisheries Science Center scientists: Kerim Aydin, Troy Buckley and Caroline Robinson.

Learn more about our NOAA scientists

Kerim Aydin

Kerim Aydin has been the Program Leader of the Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling (REEM) Program of the AFSC since 2005. Kerim received a B.S. in mathematical biology from Harvey Mudd College (1992), and a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington (UW) (2000), with a dissertation on the impacts of climate and prey variation on the ocean growth of Pacific salmon. He has been a postdoctoral research associate and fishery research biologist with the AFSC since 1999. Kerimís main research focus has been on fish trophic interactions, bioenergetics, and ecosystem-scale predator/prey models.

Troy Buckley

Troy conducts research on fish diets and marine foodwebs of Alaska. His interest in ocean sciences began as a child exploring the beach. He has a BS and MS from the University of Washington in Fisheries. He has studied the food habits of fish species from the tropical Pacific across the West coast of the U.S up through the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering sea and and Arctic. tropical, temperate, sub-Arctic and Arctic species of fish. Troy enjoys doing educational outreach events for the AFSC and is a Science Communication Fellow for the Pacific Science Center.

Caroline Robinson

Caroline is a research assistant for the University of Washington and is contracted with the AFSC to analyze fish stomach contents in the lab and at sea. Caroline spent her childhood summers on a small island in Maine, catching crabs, etc, and exploring the shore. Her fascination with ocean life lead her to to obtain her BS in Marine Science from the University of Maine. She has worked as a fisheries observer aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska.

For more information please contact Marjorie Mooney-Seus,
206-526-4348 (office), 774-392-4865 (cell)

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