research staff listing

Contact Information

7600 Sand Point Way NE
Bldg 4,  2080A
Seattle, WA 98115

Colleen Petrik

Biological Oceanography


  • NOAA NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center


  • Biophysical modeling of larval fish


  • B.Sc. (Hons) 2005 University of Miami (Marine Biology)
  • Ph.D. 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (Biological Oceanography)

Research Overview

Ecology of zooplankton and fishes. Coupled biological-physical modeling of behavior and population dynamics as influenced by environmental forcing.

Current Research Projects

  • BEST Synthesis (NSF)
    Modeling the dispersal of pollock early life stages in the Eastern Bering Sea.


Petrik, C.M., Ji, R., Davis, C.S. (in review) Interannual differences in larval haddock survival: hypothesis testing with a 3D biophysical model of Georges Bank. Fisheries Oceanography

Gyory, J., Petrik, C.M. (in review). Substrate exploration by Membranipora membranacea (L.) larvae under different flow velocities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

Petrik, C.M., Jackson, G.A, Checkley, D.M. 2013. Aggregates and their distributions determined from LOPC observations made using an autonomous profiling float. Deep-Sea Research I doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2012.12.009

Petrik, C.M., Kristiansen, T., Lough, R.G., Davis, C.S. 2009. Prey selection of larval haddock and cod on copepods with species-specific behavior: an individual-based model analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 396: 123-143 doi:10.3354/meps08268

Hu, Q., Davis, C.S., and Petrik, C.M. 2008. A simplified age-stage model for copepod population dynamics. Marine Ecology Progress Series 360: 179-187 doi:10.3354/meps07314

Hu, Q., Petrik, C.M., and Davis, C.S. 2007. Normal versus gamma: Stochastic models of copepod molting rate. Journal of Plankton Research 29: 985-997