March 11, 2014

Join NPRB in Welcoming Incoming Science Director Dr. Matthew Baker

The North Pacific Research Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Baker is joining the NPRB staff as science director. Prior to coming to NPRB, Dr. Baker was at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington where he held a contractual role as a research associate with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and with Ocean Associates, Inc. Dr. Baker also serves as affiliated faculty at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories.

Dr. Baker brings to NPRB a range of experience in marine resource management and planning—from fisheries stock assessment and economics to conservation biology and environmental policy. Throughout his career, Dr. Baker has worked to advance the understanding of issues related to marine ecosystems. He is committed to research that has direct application to management. His research has focused on the North Pacific Ocean, studying the distribution of species and community dynamics to inform multispecies approaches to fisheries science. His most recent research has focused on predicting habitat accessible to bottom trawl surveys.

Dr. Baker earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, his M.S. in international and public affairs from Columbia University and his B.A. in English from Middlebury College.