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Maureen K Purcell, Ph.D.

I have been a scientist with the USGS since 2005. I was a microbiologist and then the Fish Health Section Chief at the Western Fisheries Research Center, and am now the Deputy Center Director of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.

Prior to joining FRESC's management team, I led a team of scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scientists working to improve methods for the detection of fish pathogens, determine factors affecting the epidemiology of fish diseases, and develop novel control strategies for reducing losses among both hatchery-reared and wild fish.                        

Professional Experience

  • 2022 - Present: Deputy Center Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR

  • 2017 - 2022: Chief, Fish Health Section, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2014 - Present: Affiliate Associate Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • 2008 - 2016: Research Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2005 - 2008: Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1999 - 2000: Contractor, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fishery Science Center, Seattle, WA

  • 1997 - 1999: Professional Research Assistant, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 2005. Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • M.S. 1997. Zoology, University of Maine, Orono, ME

  • B.S. 1993. Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section

  • European Association of Fish Pathologists 

  • Associate Editor - Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • Editorial Board - Fish and Shellfish Immunology

  • Editorial Board - Journal of Virological Methods

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 - Presidential Early Career Service Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • 2012 - U.S. Geological Survey, Western States Diversity Award group award to Fish Health Section

  • 2012 - American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • 2009 - U.S. Geological Survey, Best Professional Paper in Biology by a New Scientist

  • 2008 - American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

  • 2004 - Faculty Merit Award, U.W. School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government