Dr. Bradley Stevens received his PhD in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington School of Fisheries in 1982. From 1984 to 2006 he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Kodiak Alaska, where he studied ecology and reproductive biology of commercial crab species, including king, Tanner, and snow crabs, and pioneered the use of submersibles and ROVs for the study of crab ecology and behavior. After spending a year studying aquaculture of king crabs in Japan, he started a research program on aquaculture and stock enhancement of king crabs in Alaska. He is now Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he serves as Distinguished Research Scientist for the NOAA-funded Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center. Dr. Stevens’ research interests are the ecology and early life history of crustaceans and molluscs, with an emphasis on reproductive biology and early life history. He has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, conference, and technical reports on the subjects of ecology, behavior, and fishery impacts on decapod crustaceans, and recently published “King Crabs of the World: Biology and Fishery Management”. He often uses in-situ technology such as submersibles and ROVs, and has built six video camera sleds for undersea research. He led two cruises to explore Gulf of Alaska Seamounts with the submersible Alvin in 1999 and 2002. In 2003-04 he discovered and surveyed the wreck of the Russian Barque Kad’yak which sank in 1860; it is the only shipwreck from the Russian Colonial Period ever found, and the oldest known wreck site in Alaska. When not working, he spends as much time as possible sailing, kayaking, or fishing.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Biology of economically important crab species. Reproductive biology of shellfish, esp. Brachyura, Gastropoda, Bivalvia. Assessment of natural populations. Use of underwater video for assessment of marine habitats, populations, and behavior.
Sailing, kayaking, fishing.