Directors Office

The Directors Office of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is responsible for overall scientific leadership and research direction, program management, and operational policy. In addition, the office serves as a liaison with other NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) and NOAA offices, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC), University of Hawaii, State of Hawaii, and other agencies and organizations.

Directors' Bios

Dr. Michael Seki - Science Center Director

In his role as Science and Research Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Dr. Seki provides the science direction and oversight of research activities that support stewardship of living marine resources in the vast expanse of the Pacific Islands Region.

Since joining NOAA Fisheries in 1980, Dr. Seki has conducted extensive fisheries, oceanographic, and ecosystem research on many marine species in the Pacific region. He has authored or co-authored over 40 scientific papers and has participated on over 20 domestic and international research surveys, serving as the Chief Scientist on 14 of them. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Seki served as Deputy Director for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; a position he had held since the Science Center was established in April 2003. In that position, he had the overarching responsibility and oversight of all Science Center operations. Dr. Seki is also the current team lead for NOAA Regional Collaboration efforts in the Pacific Islands Region.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Seki received his B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon (Eugene), his M.S. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii (Manoa), and his Ph.D. in marine environment and resources from Hokkaido University (Graduate School of Fisheries Science in Hakodate).

Dr. Evan Howell - Deputy Director

In his role as Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Dr. Howell provides the oversight of all Science Center operations to support the NOAA Fisheries scientific mission in the Pacific Islands Region.

Dr. Howell began work at NOAA Fisheries in the Pacific Region in 1997, and through his career he has led and participated in scientific research coupling physical and biological processes to better understand critical habitat and possible climate effects on highly migratory and protected species in the central North Pacific ecosystem. As part of this research Dr. Howell authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers, participated in eleven NOAA or scientific partner research cruises, and served as a steering committee member for the National NMFS Fisheries and the Environment (FATE) and integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) programs. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Dr. Howell was the IT Chief for the Science Center, where he was responsible for supervision of the Information Technology Services group and oversight of all centralized technical and data operations to support mission activities in the Science Center.

A Hawaii resident since 1996, Evan received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Antioch University in Ohio, his M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami (RSMAS), and his Ph.D. in Marine Bioresource and Environmental Science from Hokkaido University (Graduate School of Fisheries Science in Hakodate).