Evan Tuohy is a fish biologist, native Floridian and current long-term resident of Rincon, Puerto Rico. As a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, he's had the opportunity to gain some serious underwater hours. His dissertation is addressing a huge data gap in fisheries management of the endangered Nassau grouper, where he is using acoustic telemetry to monitor this fish's movements in space and time in relation to spawning events. Besides this particular dive-intensive project, he also participates in on-going mesophotic coral ecosystem research requiring the use of closed-circuit rebreathers and technical dive training. He's currently participating in the National Science Foundation project to address impacts of Hurricanes Maria & Irma on the mesophotic coral reefs of La Parguera, Puerto Rico. In September 2018, Evan will serve as Co-Principal Investigator on a project using environmental DNA to locate fish spawning aggregations in Puerto Rico.
Evan is the co-founder of Isla Mar Research Expeditions, a field course company that partners with universities to create experiential field courses focusing on tropical marine and terrestrial ecology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in 2009. As a licensed captain, freediver, AAUS scientific diver and technical diver, it's safe to say that Evan prefers the ocean to anywhere else on earth. You can find more about Evan and Isla Mar at www.islamarexp.com
Evan Tuohy will be presenting on October 7th, 2018. We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!