Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center Series
A new endeavor to introduce the people who work at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Here we feature a new "face" from the Center and share with you a bit about who they are and what they do at the Center.
My research focuses on the biology and ecology of sharks, rays, and bony fish. I collect and analyze data on trophic ecology, habitat use, movement ecology, and life history for many species in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. South Atlantic. A large portion of my research supports the recovery of endangered smalltooth sawfish and I am currently leading research to update age and growth information of the species.
Director of the Population and Ecosystems Monitoring Division
I have recently served in roles as the Beaufort Fisheries Ecosystems Branch Chief and the Mississippi Laboratories Division Director. Following the center’s realignment, I will serve as the Director of the newly-formed Population and Ecosystems Monitoring Division. Our areas of focus include fishery-independent surveys and applied research providing data, analytical products, research, and expertise to support NOAA Fisheries priorities.
Director of the Fisheries, Assessment, Technology, and Engineering Support Division
I am the director of the Fisheries, Assessment, Technology, and Engineering Support Division. I oversee four branches that provide essential services and development of new innovative technologies to support the center’s mission.
Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Division
I serve as the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Division. I conduct and oversee numerous stock assessments of marine fish in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, including: red snapper, red grouper, yellowedge grouper, vermilion snapper, king mackerel as well as yellowfin, bigeye, and bluefin tunas.
Information System Security Officer
I chair the cybersecurity operation for the center. Part of my job is developing and carrying out new standards, policies, and cybersecurity processes. As the "gatekeeper," my main goal is to keep our information secure while enabling our staff the ability to securely meet the agency's critical mission and goals.
Director of the Fisheries Statistics Division
I lead the Fisheries Statistics Division, which includes all the fisheries dependent data collections, managing and disseminating that data for use in science and management. As well, this includes making advances in the way we collect, manage, and disseminate fisheries dependent information.
I am a NOAA’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems scholar. I started working at the science center’s Galveston facility in July 2021. I’m currently conducting shrimp experiments to evaluate a new tag used in shrimp. Our field sites are mainly in coastal marshes, mangroves, and oyster reefs. My lab group and I perform other duties such as rehabilitating the wet lab facility, conducting field work, boat maintenance, and helping with other shrimp projects.
Pelagic Observer Program's Safety Coordinator
I am the Pelagic Observer Program’s Safety Coordinator. I also serve as the primary liaison with the highly migratory species pelagic longline fishing industry and am in charge of procurement.
Marine Mammal and Turtle Division Director
I oversee research operations—from administrative to scientific activities—related to marine mammal and sea turtle research and conservation. This supports NOAA Fisheries’ mission of protecting marine mammals and sea turtles, and helping recover endangered species populations. Temporarily, I also oversee reef fish ecology, coral reef ecology and restoration activities, and habitat/ecosystem science programs.
Operations, Management, and Information Division Director
I manage major support elements that are essential parts of the mission at the science center. That includes overseeing budget and contracting, administrative support, information technology, and facilities. It has been the best work adventure to date and I love what I do!
Research Fishery Biologist
I lead the Shark Stock Assessment Group. With different colleagues throughout my tenure, we have been conducting domestic and international shark stock assessments for the U.S. East Coast since 1998. I also do research on shark population dynamics and quantitative conservation biology as time allows.
Research Fishery Biologist
My research focuses on biological and analytical work relating to population dynamics and life history of sharks. A major portion of my current research, which I have been doing for over the last 10 years, has been directed toward supporting recovery of endangered elasmobranchs—sharks, rays, and skates.
Fisheries Methods and Equipment Specialist
I have a long history with turtle excluder devices in the shrimp fishery. I provide outreach about TEDs to the shrimping community--in English and Vietnamese. I conduct at-sea and dockside courtesy TED inspections, TED building workshops, and inspection training for law enforcement.
Fisheries Methods & Equipment Specialist
I am a gear specialist focusing on turtle excluder devices. I provide training to commercial shrimp fishermen, industry members, and law enforcement in an effort to conserve sea turtles through gear compliance. As a dive team member, I participate in the testing of TED design, efficacy, and determining exclusion rate.
Marine Mammal Scientist
I am a marine mammal researcher who works on a multitude of projects through the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies. I serve as a marine mammal observer and data manager during line transect large vessel and aerial surveys. I also manage the data collected and assist with analysis and publishing the results.