Ambrose Jearld began serving as Director of Academic Programs at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 2004. In this capacity, he provides oversight and leadership to NEFSC's efforts in education that range from kindergarten through postdoctoral studies. As a founding member of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, he has served as chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee since 2004 and since 2009 as Director of the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program, a consortium of six scientific institutions committed to increasing diversity in the Woods Hole science community. Jearld conducted research and taught biology, ecology, and animal behavior as an assistant professor at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and at Howard University in Washington, DC, prior to joining NOAA Fisheries at the NEFSC in 1978 as chief of the Fishery Biology Branch. In 1985 he became chief of the Research Planning and Evaluation Section and in 1997 became chief of the Research Planning and Coordination staff before assuming his current position. He has also served as adjunct professor of biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore since 1983. He has led various local, regional, national and international efforts in education and outreach to improve fishery and ocean sciences and to attract and retain future scientists. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.