The Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative
Ambrose Jearld, Jr

Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Ambrose Jearld, Jr. grew up in Maryland and North Carolina and graduated from Maryland State College, now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, with a degree in biology. He worked as a chemist with Publicker Industries in Philadelphia and served in the U.S. Army between earning his graduate degrees in zoology at Oklahoma State University.

He taught biology at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and zoology at Howard University in Washington, DC, before moving to Falmouth, Massachusetts, where he has been a fisheries biologist at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Woods Hole Laboratory since 1978. He has conducted and published research and served as an administrator and manager, holding positions as chief of fishery biology investigation and chief of research planning, evaluation and coordination. He is currently the Director of Academic Programs.

In his role as a biologist and administrator, he has provided NOAA with leadership on national and international affairs in South Africa. He was appointed to the US - South African Bi-Lateral Commission's Working Group on Fisheries, and has been intricately involved in NOAA science and technical support for six West African countries around the Gulf of Guinea.

A strong advocate of NOAA's commitment to diversity and equity in employment, he has devoted much of his career to working with research and education organizations to make oceanography and marine biology more accessible to a diverse body of students and research faculty. In early 2009 he discussed sustainable fisheries in Ocean ChallengeLive!, an internet education program linking middle and high school students and teachers to live learning adventures. He is a charter member and former chair of the Woods Hole Scientific Community's Black History Month Committee, and chairs the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee, a multi-institution committee that advises six Woods Hole science organizations.

He is a member and serves on the boards of numerous professional and technical scientific societies, including the research society, Sigma Xi. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Sea Education Association, and is a member of the National Association of Marine Laboratories Education and Diversity Working Group.

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