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Portrait of Trey Knott

Trey Knott

Forensic Scientist
Genetics and Evolution
Office: (843) 352-8709
Email: trey.knott@noaa.gov

Trey Knott

Forensic Scientist


Trey Knott is a Forensic Scientist with the NWFSC Forensic Laboratory. Trey began working with NOAA Marine Forensics in 1998, initially using protein analysis before transitioning to DNA methods to identify species in evidence submitted by the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in cases involving protected marine species and seafood mislabeling. He has testified as an expert witness in US District Court on three separate occasions in trials involving seafood fraud. He has served on the Scientific Working Group for Wildlife Forensics (SWGWILD), the National Institute of Standards and Technology/Organization of Scientific Area Committees' Wildlife Subcommittee and on the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS) Technical Working Group and Wildlife Proficiency Testing Board. In his free time, he enjoys boating and playing ball with his yellow lab, Twitty. Trey received a BS in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 1992 and an MS in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston in SC in 1998.

Current Research

Trey's current focus is on casework and assembling sequence databases for the ever-increasing list of taxa encountered in marine forensics.