Kenneth Riley, PhD

Marine Ecologist
Beaufort Laboratory
Coastal Resilience, Restoration and Assessment

Dr. Riley is a marine ecologist working with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science where his research capitalizes on the impetus to equip the nation’s coastal decision-makers with spatial planning tools to make informed and confident decisions regarding aquaculture development. He is a founding member of the Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability team.

Dr. Riley’s research focuses developing analytical tools and modeling applications used for siting aquaculture operations. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked worldwide to advance technology and help producers compete in an evolving industry that requires sustainable seafood that is wild-caught and farmed. His expertise extends to fisheries management, habitat restoration, coastal engineering, natural resource policy, and community planning. He is an expert in collaborating across public, private, and non-profit sectors and aligning diverse stakeholders on environmental issues. Dr. Riley has organized numerous international conferences to facilitate the exchange of science and technology on the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources.

Dr. Riley holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences from East Carolina University, a Master of Science degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries from Louisiana State University, and degrees in Marine Biology and Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


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