Stephen D McCormick

Biography

Intro

Steve McCormick is a Senior Scientist and Research Physiologist at the Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory in Turners Falls, MA.  Steve received his B.S. in Biology and Economics from Bates College in 1977 and then worked for a commercial toxicology lab for a year.  He then started graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and completed his degree in 1983.  Postdoctoral fellowships with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at St. Andrews Biological Station and then at the University of California, Berkeley rounded out his training before starting his current position in 1990.

The dynamic life histories of migratory species present unique challenges to scientific understanding, and the information needs for management require complex and innovative approaches.  Over the years Steve’s work has centered on the environmental and hormonal control of water and salt balance, development, growth and reproduction of anadromous fishes, including salmon, trout, shad, alewife, sturgeon and lamprey.  This research has addressed important environmental issues including acidification, impacts of dams, endocrine disruptors and climate change, especially the impacts of temperature and salinity.  The results of this work have been published in more than 160 papers and book chapters.  Steve has been Chair of the Division of Comparative Endocrinology and member of the Executive Board of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, and President and Current Member of the Executive Committee of the Physiology Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS).  He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Goteborg (1988) and Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (1990), James Chair Visiting Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada (1999) and Visiting Scholar at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (2002).  In 2014 he received the Excellence in Fish Physiology Award for lifetime achievement from the Physiology Section of AFS.  He has been an adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1990 and Associate Editor of General and Comparative Endocrinology since 1996. 

Education

  • B.S. (Biology and Economics), Bates College, Lewiston, ME USA
  • Ph.D., 1983, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanography Joint Program in Oceanography, Cambridge and Woods Hole, MA USA

Current Position

Dr. Steve McCormick is Leader of the Physiology Section at the Conte Anadromous Research Center.  His research team focuses on the environmental physiology of migratory fish and how this knowledge can be used to enhance, conserve or restore anadromous fish populations.  This research has addresses important environmental issues including acidification, impacts of dams, endocrine disruptors and climate change, especially the impacts of temperature and salinity.