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. Ned Cyr - Director (Acting)
Dr. Cyr has been serving as acting Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center since Dr. Samuel Pooley retired in September 2014. He is also presently the Director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, a position he has held since 2009. Since joining NOAA in 1990, he has served as an international affairs specialist with NOAA's Office of International Affairs, a fisheries biologist with the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, head of the Ocean Science and Living Resources Program of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and, most recently, chief of the Marine Ecosystems Division in the Office of Science and Technology. His interests include fisheries oceanography, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, ecosystem approaches to fisheries management, the design and implementation of large-scale marine ecological observing systems, and international ocean science. Dr. Cyr was the technical secretary for the Living Marine Resources Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System, and coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel. He received his Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Michael Seki - Deputy Director
Dr. Seki is the Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center located in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a career government employee having been with NOAA Fisheries since 1980. As a research scientist over the past 24 years, he has conducted studies on marine resources in the Pacific region including seabirds, sea turtles, tropical snappers, oceanic squid, tunas, and billfishes, and has authored or co-authored over 40 scientific papers on topics such as open ocean food webs (ecosystems) and the influence of the physical oceanographic environment on the distribution and abundance patterns of living marine resources.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Seki received his B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon, his M.S. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. in marine environment and resources from Hokkaido University (Graduate School of Fisheries Science); with a dissertation topic focused on how living marine resources in the North Pacific respond to abrupt changes in oceanographic conditions.