Hilary Neckles, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D. in Marine Science from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, 1990
  • M.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Minnesota, 1984
  • B.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Massachusetts, 1980 

Professional Experience

  • 1998 – Present      Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, August,  ME
  •  1995 – 1998        National Science Coordinator, US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Reston, VA
  •  1990 – 1995        Research Ecologist, National Biological Service/US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA
  •  1989 – 1990        Cooperative Education Student - Ecology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Research Center, Slidell, LA
  •  1984 – 1990        Research Assistant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
  •  1984                    Research Associate, Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station, Manitoba, Canada
  •  1980 – 1984        Research Assistant, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  •  1980                    Research Assistant, Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station, Manitoba, Canada

Associations and External Awards

  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, President 2017-2019
  • New England Estuarine Research Society (Program Chair 2004 – 2014)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (Vice President/President South Central Chapter, 1993-1994)
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Ecological Society of America
  • NPS Northeast Region Director's Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resource Research, 2004, 2012

Professional Service (Representative Examples)

  • Scientific Advisory Committee, USEPA Exploratory Environmental Research Center, University of Maryland (1997-2001)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine, Department of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (2001 – 2006)
  • Associate Editor of the journal Estuaries and Coasts (2001 – 2009)
  • Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Habitat Monitoring Subcommittee, Co-chair (2003 – 2010);  Ecosystem Indicators Partnership, Aquatic Habitats workgroup, Chair (2003 – 2010)
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve - Research Advisory Committee (2008-2010)
  • Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Indicators Workgroup (2004-2006), Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (2012-present)
  • NPS Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network, Vital Signs Monitoring Program, Scientific Advisory Committee (2000-present)
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Expert Panel on designation of eelgrass, Zostera marina, as an Ecologically Significant Species (2009)