Dr. Hunter S. LENIHAN
University of California Santa Barbara
Hunter is the Co-Director and lead fisheries ecologist of the Rāhui Center, and a Professor of Marine Science at the Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems, fisheries management, habitat and population restoration, and ecotoxicology. In his work, he combines theoretical ecology and fisheries science with modeling and field experiments to inform policy on fisheries management, biological diversity, adaptive management, and marine policy. He has worked closely with national governments, international organizations, NGOs, and other partners from around the world to translate his research into on-the-ground action in a diverse spectrum of developed and developing countries. For the past 22 years he has served as a senior researcher within the Moorea Coral Reef Long term Ecological Research (LTER) program, and the Santa Channel LTER program, which focuses on kelp forests. He works with fishing communities and agencies around the world to develop community-based fishery management and conservation programs. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Since 2019, as co-director of the Rāhui Center, he contributes to the general strategy design. He also supervises the fishery ecology component and especially works with local communities to design fishery management options (including fish size management) and train fishers to collaborative tools and protocols.