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Stephen D McCormick

Steve McCormick is a Senior Scientist and Research Physiologist at the Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory in Turners Falls, MA.

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 190 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. 


  • 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 

Professional Experience 

  • 1990-present  Research Physiologist & Physiology Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, USGS, Turners Falls, MA. 
  • 2016-present  Senior Scientist, USGS 
  • 1998-1999  Acting Director, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, USGS, Biological Resources Division, Turners Falls, MA. 
  • 1989-1990  Research Fellow, Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo  (with Professor Tetsuya Hirano, 4 months). 
  • 1986-1989  Postdoctoral Fellow (NIH) with Professor Howard A. Bern in the Department of Zoology, Univ. of California, Berkeley. 
  • 1983-1986  Postdoctoral Fellow, with Dr. Richard L. Saunders, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, St. Andrews Biological Station, New Brunswick, Canada. 


  • 1990-present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 
  • 1992-present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 
  • 1993Member, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 
  • 1995Member, Center for Neuroendocrine Studies, Department of

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