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Photo of Ryan Nichols with a juvenile Hebi (shortbill spearfish, Tetrapturus angustirostris).

Ryan Nichols

Supervisory Fish Biologist
Fisheries Statistics Division
Catch Validation and Bio Sampling Branch/ Atlantic Area Program Lead
Office: 727-551-5772

Ryan Nichols

Supervisory Fish Biologist

Ryan has is been with NOAA since 2006 conducting life history related research on marine fishes with a focus on how biological and ecosystem processes can impact marine fishes. His early research focused on the age and growth of Hawaiian and U.S. Territorial deepwater snapper and groupers. Ryan has collaborated with fellow Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center researchers in the Fishery Research and Monitoring Division and with academic, state, territorial, federal, NGO, and Hawaii fishing industry partners. Ryan has recently had a slight change in career path, migrating back to the mainland to work at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in the Fisheries Statistics Division. Ryan currently is supervising the South Atlantic area of the Catch Validation and Biosampling program. When he is not covered in fish scales, Ryan can be found playing guitar, fishing or sitting on the beach with his family.