Lowell Fritz has studied Steller’s sea lions for over 20 years as both a fisheries and marine mammal scientist in NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA. His work in the Aleutian Islands has ranged from fisheries oceanography to mark-recapture studies of Atka mackerel, and has included several long-term projects to monitor population trends and diet of Steller’s sea lions.
He graduated from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) with a B.A. in Biology (1976) and from College of William and Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA) with a M.A. in Marine Science (1982). As a research associate with Rutgers University in the 1980s, he studied molluscan population dynamics and shell microstructure of species living in a wide variety of habitats, from freshwater invasive species in New Jersey to deep-sea hydrothermal vents off Ecuador. He makes his home in the Seattle area with his wife, Alyce, also a NOAA scientist.