Matthew Ogburn

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Smithsonian Institution
647 Contees Wharf Rd
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
Phone: 443-482-2203

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Conservation science, Ecosystem-based fisheries management, Estuarine and marine ecology, Movement ecology, Restoration science, Population and community ecology, Animal behavior and physiology, Global change

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Matt Ogburn is a Marine Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. His interdisciplinary research focuses on providing the best scientific information available to inform fisheries management and conservation decision-making at scales from local communities to global institutions. He applies field and laboratory experiments, acoustic telemetry and other animal tracking technologies, models, long-term observational studies, and historical perspectives to address fisheries issues including sustainability of fished populations, altered food webs and trophic interactions, linkages between habitat and fisheries, invasive species, and climate change. Research themes include science supporting ecosystem based fisheries management (e.g. for blue crabs, striped bass, elasmobranchs), conservation of diadromous fish populations, and restoration and ecology of oyster reefs. 


  • 2001  B. S., Duke University, Biology
  • 2004  M. S., University of Georgia, Marine Sciences
  • 2008  Ph. D., Duke University Marine Laboratory, Environment

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