Scientist marks 50 years of federal service

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are commending a Juneau scientist for 50 years in federal fisheries research.

Officials said NOAA scientist Bill Heard of Auke Bay Laboratories in Juneau has spent most of his career in the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Douglas DeMaster, director of NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center, said Heard has been "building a scientific legacy that has helped lay the basis for greater understanding of marine life in Alaska, especially salmon."

Officials said Heard has been an inspiration to four generations of scientists, with his "boundless energy, constant good humor, consummate professionalism" and work on more than 60 scientific publications.

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