Tracy Collier has been named the new Science Director for the Puget Sound Partnership. Collier replaces outgoing Science Director Ken Currens, who returns to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission after a two-year temporary appointment. Collier was most recently a member of the Puget Sound Science Panel, which serves as an advisory body to the Puget Sound Institute.
Here is the full text from the Puget Sound Partnership’s e-mail announcement, released on July 13th:
“The Puget Sound Partnership is pleased to announce that effective July 16, 2012, Tracy K. Collier, Ph.D. is appointed as the Science Director for the Puget Sound Partnership. In this position, Dr. Collier will lead the Partnership’s science program and provide scientific advice to the Partnership’s executive director and leadership boards to improve the scientific basis of Puget Sound ecosystem recovery. The Partnership is very excited to have a person of Tracy’s experience and demonstrated excellence as part of our team.
Tracy retired from the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in 2010 after more than 30 years, including service as the director of the center’s Environmental Conservation Division from 2003 to 2010. In the past two years, Tracy has continued to provide scientific leadership related to ecosystem conservation and recovery, including positions with the Delta Independent Science Board of California’s Delta Stewardship Council and the review panel for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. Tracy’s recent service also includes work as scientific advisor or reviewer on numerous issues, including injuries to marine mammals and sea turtles from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative, the 2010-2011 cetacean unusual mortality event in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and NOAA’s Ocean Policy Task Force on water quality.
Dr. Collier received his Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington in 1988. He has authored more than 140 scientific papers, served as reviewer for 20 different journals and 20 institutions, and advised a number of post-doctoral researchers.”