Jihong Dai


I grew up in Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in north China. My high school was located right on the edge of the ocean. In fact, at high tide, the water would reach half of the school buildings! I got my B.S. in Marine Chemistry at Qingdao Ocean University (now the Ocean University of China), which is just 2 minutes away from Qingdao’s most famous beach. I received my PhD in marine science from the University of Georgia in 2006. I was also a recipient of John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2007, working in National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology (S&T). My project involved the development of an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and fishery database. Currently, I am an assistant scientist at RSMAS based in Silver Spring, MD, where I will be continuing to support NMFS S&T on the IOOS related projects. The products will provide regional and national stakeholders with comprehensive information on NMFS observation systems (types and data) and facilitate the sustainable management of fish stocks.


Science and Technology Division

Silver Springs Maryland