David Lowry with Rock Fish on a Boat

Dr. Dayv Lowry is the Rockfish Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries’ Protected Resources Division, where he coordinates all aspects of recovery plan implementation for ESA-listed yelloweye rockfish and bocaccio, as well as contributing to assessments and evaluations of other imperiled sharks, bony fishes, and invertebrates.

He holds a BS in Marine Biology from Hawai’i Pacific University and a PhD in Biology from the University of South Florida. Since 2006, Dr. Lowry has researched and managed a wide variety of marine fish and invertebrates, and their habitats, in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Among other things, this has involved negotiating Dungeness crab harvest management plans with tribal co-managers, conducting extensive research on benthic fishes using remotely operated vehicles, evaluating marine fish population connectivity using genetics, and serving on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.

He also currently serves on the Science and Data Committee of the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership, the Steering Committee of the Puget Sound Ecological Monitoring Program, the Governance Council of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, and the Leadership Committee of the Washington-B.C. Transboundary Kelp Node.

When the sunflower sea star was petitioned for listing under the ESA in 2021, Dr. Lowry stepped up as the Status Review Team lead and is now guiding that process to completion.

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