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•    Studying the impact of fleet behavior on bycatch risk and mitigation
•    Understanding and mitigating the ecosystem impacts of floating object fisheries
•    Development of assessment methodologies for vulnerable species and habitats
•    Integrating new data types such as electronic monitoring and acoustic arrays into assessment and management of fisheries in the EPO 
•    Developing open and reproducible science practices for research and management in the EPO


•    PhD Environmental Science & Management 2018, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara
•    Master’s Environmental Science & Management 2010, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara
•    B.S. in Ecosystem Science & Policy / Biology 2007 from the University of Miami, FL


Dr. Dan Ovando joined the IATTC in 2022 as the Senior Quantitative Scientist in the Ecosystems and Bycatch Program. Dan began his career in marine science studying sharks in South Florida before expanding his interests to quantitative marine resource management during his graduate and professional work at UC Santa Barbara and at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Dan integrates ideas and tools from ecology, economics, and data science to help understand and manage marine social-ecological systems. His research focuses on assessing and managing data-limited fisheries, evaluating the impacts of marine conservation policies, protected areas, and reducing fisheries bycatch. 

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