Dr. Lyza Johnston, Owner and Founder of JAMS
Kelsey McClellan, Marine Biologist I

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 company, JAMS, is dedicated to conducting independent, applied research and providing scientific support services to local and federal governments as well as other NGOs.

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. Kelsey worked at South Carolina Sea Grant before being accepted as a 2018-2020 NOAA Coastal Management Fellow in the CNMI. During her time as a Fellow, Kelsey worked with local government agencies and stakeholders to develop a pilot user carrying capacity for prime tourist sites in the CNMI. Now, as a Marine Biologist I with JAMS, Kelsey is excited to be a part of the public-private partnership implementing the Saipan Coral Nursery Pilot Project, the first ocean-based coral nursery in the CNMI. 

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