Scott Heppell
Associate Professor of Fisheries

Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Ecology

OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
Nash Hall Room 172
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-1086


My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations, their respective fisheries, and the environment. I have worked on bluefin tuna on the Atlantic high seas, Mediterranean, and east coast of the United States, on groupers throughout the southeast Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, on rockfish in Oregon and Alaska, and on trout, steelhead, and salmon in Japan and the high deserts of eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada. I collaborate with academic scientists, state and federal agencies, foreign agencies and universities, and commercial and recreational fishermen, working together to try and address issues related to the sustainability of marine and freshwater resources and their ecosystems. At Oregon State University I teach classes in fish physiology, fishery biology, and management of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, and each year Selina and I teach an international short course in Conservation Biology in Rovinj, Croatia.


FW 454/554 Fishery Biology
FW 488 Problem Solving in Fisheries and Wildlife
FW 323* Management Principles of Pacific Salmon in the Northwest
FW 410 AFS Internship
FW 476/576 Fish Physiology
FW 507 Marine Team Seminar


Ph.D. - Physiology/Zoology, North Carolina State University
MS - Physiology/Zoology, North Carolina State University
BS - Biology, University of Washington

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department

Fun Fact

Enjoys hiking, boating, scuba diving, traveling, woodworking, almost anything to do with fish, hanging out with my kid.