Jameal Samhouri joined NOAA Fisheries in 2010 as a research fisheries biologist. Prior to that, he conducted research in several places throughout the Caribbean studying coral reef community dynamics. Jameal holds an A.B in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from UCLA.
Jameal is a marine ecologist and conservation biologist, and a fish guy at heart. Through field experiments, quantitative analysis, and the development of mathematical models, his research focuses on how people's activities influence marine ecosystems, and how changes in marine ecosystems affect people. Most of his work now centers on the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, including Puget Sound. Current research areas of interest include ecosystem-based reference points, vulnerability of fish and fishermen to climate change, effects of coastal activities on seagrass community dynamics, and theory for ecosystem recovery strategies.