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Colleen M. Petrik
Colleen M. Petrik
(979) 845-2680
Eller O&M 610

Texas A&M University
O&M Building
MS 3146
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2011)

B.S. Marine Science and Biology, University of Miami (2005)


Biological Oceanography Committee Best Presentation 2016

PICES Annual Science Conference, San Diego, California


NPRB project number 1508, Sep 2015--Jan 2018,

"Growth and dispersal of early life history stages of Arctic cod and saffron cod under variable climate forcing"

Role and Affiliation: Co-Investigator, Princeton University


United States Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award Sep 2015

For Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service To the members of the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program


Physical Oceanography Committee Best Presentation 2013

PICES Annual Science Conference, Nanaimo, Canada

OCNG 251


Colleen M. Petrik

Assistant Research Professor
Biological Oceanography: biophysical modeling, fisheries, climate variability

Research Interests

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


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ResearchGate Page

Selected Publications

Petrik, C.M., Stock, C.A., Andersen, K.H., van Denderen, P.D., Watson, J.R. (in revision) Bottom-up drivers of global patterns demersal, forage, and pelagic fishes. Progress in Oceanography.

Record, N.R., Ji, R., Maps, F., Varpe, Ø., Runge, J.A., Petrik, C.M., Johns, D. (in press). Copepodid diapause and the biogeography of the marine lipidscape. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.13414

Duffy-Anderson, J., Barbeaux, S., Farley, E., Heintz, R., Horne, J., Parker-Stetter, S., Petrik, C.M., Siddon, E.C., Smart, T.I. 2016. A review and ecological synthesis of the first year of life of walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) in the eastern Bering Sea and comments on implications for recruitment. Deep-Sea Research II 134: 283– 301 doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.02.001

Petrik, C.M., Duffy-Anderson, J.T., Castruccio, F., Curchitser, E.N., Danielson, S.L., Hedstrom, K., Mueter, F.J. 2016. Modeled connectivity between Walleye Pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) spawning and age-0 nursery areas in warm and cold years with implications for juvenile survival. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73: 1890–1900 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw004

Petrik, C.M., Duffy-Anderson, J.T., Mueter, F., Hedstrom, K., Curchitser, E.N. 2015. Biophysical transport model suggests climate variability determines distribution of Walleye Pollock early life stages in the eastern Bering Sea through effects on spawning. Progress in Oceanography 138: 459–474 doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2014.06.004

Petrik, C.M., Ji, R., Davis, C.S. 2014. Interannual differences in larval haddock survival: hypothesis testing with a 3D biophysical model of Georges Bank. Fisheries Oceanography 23: 521–553 doi:10.1111/fog.12087

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 74: 64–81 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

Additional Information


  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, Sep 2017 – present
  • Associate Research Scholar and Senior Nereus Fellow, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University, Sep 2015 – Aug 2017
  • Assistant Project Scientist, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Oct 2013 – Sep 2015
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Oct 2012 – Oct 2013
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Oceanography, Jan 2011 – Sep 2012
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