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.
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).