by Eric Hanneman
Originally posted on Deepwater Canyons:
Dr. Steve Ross is native Tar Heel who took to the water at a young age. He spent lots of time at the shore as a kid, and learned how to sail early on. He soon found his life began to revolve around boats. He started sailing more, handling the sheets on Sunfish, Flying Scots, and Lightnings.
Dr. Ross did his undergraduate work at Duke University, and was first exposed to a career with fish when he got a summer job sampling fish for an environmental impact study. He soon earned a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, after which he worked for seven years for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. It was during this time that he realized, to study the things he was really interested in, he would need a Ph.D. While living on a sailboat, he completed his doctorate at North Carolina State University, studying estuarine fishes’ survival versus habitat quality.