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Ryan Rykaczewski

Pelagic Ecologist

Ecosystem Sciences Division
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
(808) 725-5372

B.S., 2002, University of Miami
Ph.D., 2009, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

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Ryan Rykaczewski
Ecosystem Sciences Division
NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1845 Wasp Blvd, Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI     96818-5007      USA

ryan rykaczewski

I am a fisheries oceanographer investigating ecosystem responses to climate variability and change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations (time series and process studies), and models.

My research group works to understand the impact of climate processes--both natural and anthropogenic--on fisheries and ecosystem productivity. By investigating the influence of physical processes on nutrient composition, the carbonate system, oxygen content, and the structure of planktonic assemblages, we hope to better understand the implications of long-term climate changes for the productivity of living marine resources.

We seek to understand the responses of marine ecosystems and fisheries to climate variability while sharing our passion for oceanography and exploration.


Relocation to the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center:
In fall of 2019, the lab will shift location from South Carolina to the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i, allowing increased focus on the dynamics of ecosystems of the North Pacific and their interactions with climate processes.

Current opportunities:

Postdoctoral and graduate student positions in Marine Ecology, Climate Change, and Biological Oceanography:
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our interdisciplinary team of researchers to explore climate-related changes in extreme events in both the Northeast Pacific marine ecosystem and the terrestrial ecosystem of western North America. To learn more about this position that will begin in December 2019, please email Ryan at ryan.rykaczewski @ noaa.gov.

Although the lab is not currently accepting new students, opportunities may be available in the future through the graduate program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Undergraduate student positions:
We are stuffed to the gills with great undergraduate researchers for the current semester, and no new letters of interest will be reviewed for positions until 2020. If you have an interest in opportunities for undergraduates at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center or at the University of Hawai'i, please contact me for more information.