Fellowship institution:NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology
Rebecca Peters is working in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology as the fisheries habitat and ecosystem science coordinator. Her focus includes expanding the habitat science program and learning how habitat science is incorporated into stock assessments and ecosystem based fisheries management. She will also assist in coordinating Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group meetings.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Peters completed her M.S. degree in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Her thesis work focused on juvenile black sea bass in the Maryland Coastal Bays, an estuary where they had never been studied before. She analyzed trawl survey data to determine long-term spatial and temporal trends in abundance and conducted a field study using mark-recapture to delineate essential fish habitat for juvenile black sea bass.
Peters conducted research in the Florida Keys and South Water Caye, Belize. She also interned with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Shark Population Assessment Group in Panama City, Florida, and was a marine science instructor at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in Big Pine Key, Florida. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors by hiking, diving, and exploring new places with her dog, Willy.