John Stein

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Professor, Fisheries
I am the Science and Research Director of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA. I recently served as the Program Manager for NOAA Fisherie's Seafood Safety Program in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Previously, I served as the NW Center's Deputy Science and Research Director, Pacific Salmon Science Coordinator and Director of the Environmental Conservation Division. I recently completed serving as the Chair of the Science Board of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), a multinational organization, and was then appointed US Delegate to PICES.

Research Interests

  • My research has focused on the impacts of anthropogenic and natural toxic compounds (e.g., chemical contaminants and marine biotoxins) on fishery resources and protected marine species, the development and application of biological markers of chemical contaminant exposure and effects in fishes and marine mammals, and the application of these techniques in delineating relationships between chemical contaminant exposure and effects in fishes and marine mammals. As Director for NOAA's West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, I led research on the effects of the state of the ocean on the health of humans and on health benefits and disease risk. More recently I have been part of NOAA team developing and implementing a science plan on ocean acidification nationally and here in the Pacific Northwest.