Francisco Werner, Ph.D., has been named the new science and research director at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla.
He is currently the director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Studies at Rutgers University and will begin his new position on Jan. 3.
Eric Schwaab, NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service, said Werner “ will provide excellent leadership and expertise, building on the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's large-scale monitoring surveys in the California Current, Eastern Tropical Pacific and Southern Ocean, which provide scientific information for ecosystem-based management of the region's living marine resources in a changing climate.”
He will also be involved as work moves toward completion on the center’s new La Jolla laboratory facility NOAA’s next fisheries research vessel.
Werner is a native of Maracaibo, Venezuela and received his Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington in 1984.