Two new deputies are joining the leadership team of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Lisa Desfosse is the new Deputy Director of Science and Operations. Dr. John Walter, III is the new Deputy Director of Science and Council Services.
She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She received her Bachelor of Science in marine biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She grew up in Pennsylvania and enjoys fishing, boating, and drawing in her spare time.
Dr. Walter has thirteen years of experience conducting stock assessments. He has provided management advice to Regional Councils and to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). He serves in a number of leadership positions as chair of the ICCAT Western Bluefin Tuna Committee. He is also co-chair of NOAA’s National Management Strategy Evaluation working group. He has an extensive publication and collaboration record with numerous colleagues throughout the region and internationally.
Walter received his Ph.D. and M.S. in marine science from the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Randolph Macon College.
John is originally from Maryland and spent much of his childhood on the shores of Chesapeake Bay. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, fishing and hunting, and spending time outdoors with his family.