Research Associate
NOAA / University of California Santa Cruz
MSc. James Cook University
B.A. Whitman College
Email: heather.welch@my.jcu.edu.au;
heather.welch@noaa.gov


Websites 
Github 
Climate & Ecosystems Group 
NOAA 
Google scholar 
ResearchGate
LinkedIn 
The Conversation 
Twitter

My research focuses on 
understanding and planning 
for the spatial and 
temporal dynamics 
of large-scale 
marine processes.

 Science Communications

R Shiny web applications and accompanying manuscripts

https://heatherwelch.shinyapps.io/ecocastapp/
Hazen, Elliott L., et al. "A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce
bycatch and support sustainable fisheries." 
Science advances 4.5 (2018): eaar3001.
Welch, Heather, et al. "Practical considerations for 
operationalizing dynamic management tools." 
Journal of Applied Ecology (2018).

https://heatherwelch.shinyapps.io/shiny_jacox_cuti/
Jacox, Michael G., et al. "Coastal Upwelling Revisited: 
Ekman, Bakun, and Improved Upwelling Indices for the US West Coast."
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123.10 (2018): 7332-7350.

Other

  • Presentation at Ocean Visions 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Examples of GIS-based products

Stylized map of The World based on NOAA’s ETOPO1 data.
The Northeast Atlantic SeafloorStylized map of the Northeast Atlantic Seafloor.
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Quantifying patterns of chlorophyll a in the Caribbean to identify priorities for management.
bearHeatmap of 2012 movement density for female black bear “Pout” (Ursus americanus) in Grafton County, NH, USA
cube surfaceExaggerated multibeam CUBE surface showing fine-scale bathymetry near Seattle, WA, USA
Chartlet_Template_Portrait_atseaBackscatter survey tracks measuring seafloor hardness for inclusion in benthic habitat classifications, New Jersey state waters