Jeff Scott began his Msc. program in Resource Management and Environmental Studies in the fall of 2014, under the supervision of Drs. Tony Pitcher and Mimi Lam. He received his BS in Biology and BA in Plan II Honors in 2007 and 2008, respectively, from the University of Texas at Austin. After college, Jeff worked as a fisheries observer for 6 years in a variety of US fisheries. He has spent 359 days at sea collecting fishery-dependent data aboard 38 vessels, including shrimp trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico, tuna and swordfish longliners in the mid-Atlantic, and a factory longline ship in the Bering Sea. His experiences sparked an interest in the men and women who routinely put their lives at risk to maintain their livelihoods and way of life. Understanding the values, beliefs, and motivations of the people who comprise a given fishery is necessary to manage that fishery effectively. It is Jeff’s goal to help advance this historically under-studied aspect of fisheries science.