Fisheries Science Center Names Director
Francisco Werner is
named new Science and Research Director
Scripps Institution of
Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
Department of Commerce and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service have selected
Francisco Werner, Ph.D., as the new director of the Southwest Fisheries Science
Center in La Jolla, Calif., just north of the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography at UC San Diego campus.
Werner previously served as the Director of the Institute of
Marine and Coastal Studies at Rutgers University and spent his professional career – more than 25 years – in
academia. His research includes the study of the structure and function of
marine ecosystems, ocean circulation physics, and the development and
implementation of ocean and coastal observing and forecasting systems.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Francisco Werner will be the next
director of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center,” said Scripps Professor
of Oceanography Dave Checkley. “Dr. Werner will head a center renowned for its
progressive role in management of fisheries and protected species and its
long-term ties to Scripps Oceanography, including graduate student education
and collaborative research. His skills in oceanography and ecosystem modeling
will be of great value.”
Werner will also oversee the completion of construction on
the new NOAA Southwest
Fisheries Science Center building, which will replace the previous
facility that was
partially vacated in 2008 due to bluff erosion. This new building will foster
collaborations on fisheries management issues and will be a focal point for
surveys and assessments of species, the development and application of
ecosystem-based approaches to management, research on the impacts of
environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems and
fisheries, and conservation socio-economics.
“Dr. Werner arrives at a particularly important time as NOAA
embarks on ecosystem-based management in the face of climate change. On behalf
of the Cooperative Institute on Marine Ecosystems and Climate, including
CalCOFI, we look forward to future interactions with the Southwest Fisheries
Science Center with Dr. Werner at its helm,” said Checkley.
Werner is from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and received his Ph.D.
from the University of Washington in 1984. He started his new position on Jan.
January 13, 2011