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Andrew Pierce
(208) 885-6057

Employee since: 2008

Fish Scientist-Physiologist

Fishery Science Department
Moscow Field Office


In my research, I apply tools from physiology, endocrinology, and molecular biology to problems in fisheries management. My scientific interests are in the regulation of growth in fishes, the roles of growth regulatory hormones in life history decisions, and the comparative physiology of insulin family hormones. I am interested in the physiological mechanisms that enable salmonids to migrate from a small stream in Idaho to the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, come all the way back, and then, for some species, do it all over again. When I am not in the laboratory or in the field, I enjoy any and all types of fishing, running, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities, and attempting to play bluegrass guitar.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, 2005-2008
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2004-2005
  • Ph.D., Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 2003
  • M.S., Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 1999
  • B.S., Philosophy, Carleton College, 1984

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