JAMS promotes the conservation and sustainable management of marine ecosystems by conducting independent, applied research and providing scientific support services to government agencies and NGOs.

The Team

Dr. Lyza Johnston is a coral reef ecologist and founder of Johnston Applied Marine Sciences (JAMS). Dr. Johnston received her PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2011. Her dissertation focused on coral reef community and evolutionary ecology and population genetics.

Kelsey McClellan received her M.Sc from College of Charleston in 2017, her thesis modeled recreational fishing pressure on the blue crab fishery in South Carolina. During her master’s thesis, she held various research and teaching assistant positions while working as a tour operator and USCG captain. 

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