Dr. Robert Foy has been the Director of Science and Research in the Alaska Region for NOAA Fisheries since 2018. In this capacity he oversees the Alaska Fisheries Science Center mission to support stewardship of living marine resources and their habitats in the nearly 1.5 million square miles of coastal oceans in federal waters around Alaska. He joined NOAA Fisheries in 2007 as the Director of the Center's Kodiak Laboratory and Program Manager for the Shellfish Assessment Program. For 11 years, he led the program responsible for assessment, biological research, and ecological research of commercial crab species in Alaska.
Dr. Foy earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan, a Master in Science in Fisheries and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Alaska. He has spent over 25 years conducting Alaskan marine biological and ecological research and 12 years working on Alaskan stock assessment and supporting ecosystem based fishery management. He has participated in and led numerous Subarctic and Arctic research projects in cooperation with state and federal agencies, coastal communities, and commercial industries.