Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Owen S. Hamel - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Supervisory Research Fish Biologist


Owen Hamel is the supervisor of the Integrated Fisheries Stock Assessment Team. Owen joined the FRAM division of NWFSC in 2002, after earning his Ph.D. from the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington in 2001. His dissertation concerned the dynamics and effects of bacterial kidney disease (BKD) in Snake River spring Chinook salmon. Owen previously earned an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Mathematics from Brandeis University, and also studied at L'Universite des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in Montpellier, France. Since joining FRAM, Owen has led multiple stock assessment for West Coast groundfish, conducted research to improve stock assessment and on fish otolith ageing validation,  and served on the NWFSC's Research Planning Team and the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee, of which he is now chair. 

Current Research

Owen is currently working on a number of projects including: the aurora rockfish stock assessment; a chapter for a new book on hakes of the world; a prior for natural mortality for use in stock assessment; exploring the effect of large cohorts on differential ageing error; bomb radiocarbon ageing validation of fish otoliths for various species; and the dynamics of Vibrio parahaemolyticus concentrations in oysters in Puget Sound.