About William Sydeman

Bill’s career exceed three decades of ecological and oceanographic research off California and the North Pacific. Starting as an intern marine ornithologist working on the Farallon Islands in 1981, Bill spent 15 years as the Director of Marine Ecology at PRBO Conservation Science before establishing the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research in 2007. Bill obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Bill has conducted a number of "ecosystem oceanography” studies in the California Current and other North Pacific marine ecosystems, and has written extensively about physical and biological oceanography, covering taxa such as krill, seabirds, marine mammals, and various fish. In recent papers, Bill described dramatic and abrupt ecosystem changes to climate variability (Sydeman et al. 2006, Sydeman et al. 2013). Bill serves on many scientific panels, notably as the immediate past chair of the Advisory Panel for Marine Birds and Mammals for the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the State of California's Ocean Protection Council (OPC). Bill has presented scientific findings and recommendations to state and federal managers and policy-makers on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, and how to best design and use the nation's new ocean observing systems. In his new blog, Pelican Brief (www.faralloninstitute2@wordpress.com), Bill and colleagues distill Farallon Institute research papers for general audiences.

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