Hanselman named director of AFSC Auke Bay Lab

Federal fisheries biologist Dana Hanselman has been appointed as the new director of the Auke Bay Laboratories Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, NOAA Fisheries announced on Oct. 1.

Hanselman holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Michigan and a master’s and doctorate in fisheries biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is filling the post held for the past two years by Peter Hagen as acting division director.

In his 16 years with the AFSC, Hanselman has been recognized by his peers as a leader in stock assessment methods.

Through his work with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council he has gained the trust and respect of the fishing industry and other constituents, NOAA officials said.

Hanselman is the sablefish stock assessment lead and coauthor on several rockfish assessments. He also has served as co-chair of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Groundfish Plan Team and is a current member of the council’s scientific and statistical committee.

He has been recognized for his work with a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for contributions to the NOAA Scientific Integrity Committee and is a past winner of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.