Alexander Haro, Ph.D.

Dr. Haro is a Research Ecologist at the USGS S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory at Turners Falls, Massachusetts, and serves as Section Leader of the Fish Passage Engineering Section.


His present work involves migratory fish behavior, design, engineering, and evaluation of fish passage structures, fish swimming performance, and ecology and management of American eels.  He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation and serves as a major advisor for graduate students, as well as an instructor for courses in fisheries biology. 


  • Ph.D. Zoology, University of Maine 1989 
  • M.Sc. Zoology, University of Rhode Island 1985 
  • B. Sc. Biology, University of Michigan 1981 

Professional Experience 

  • 1991-present: Ecologist and Section Leader, Fish Passage Engineering Section, S. O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, Biological Resources Division, U. S. Geological Survey, Turners Falls, Massachusetts 
  • 1991-present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology; Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts 
  • 1989-1990: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University 


  • 1985-present: American Fisheries Society Parent Society, Bethesda, MD  
  • 1985-present: American Fisheries Society Southern New England Chapter, Woods Hole, MA 
  • 1991-present: American Fisheries Society Bioengineering Section, Bethesda, MD 
  • 1992-present:  University of Massachusetts, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, Amherst, MA 
  • 1996-present: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, American Eel Management Plan Technical Committee, Fish Passage Working Group, Washington, DC 
  • 1996-present: Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (Fish Passage, Shad Studies Work Group, American Eel Subcommittee)  
  • 2000 – present: International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) North American Eel Working Group  
  • 2012-present: Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Sea Lamprey Research Board; Trapping Task Force and Barriers Task Force 
  • 2010-present: American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute - American Fisheries Society Bioengineering Section Committee on Fish Passage Fisheries Engineering Joint Committee