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Evan Tuohy, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Fish Biologist, Scientific Technical Diver



University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography


Eastern Florida State College
A.Sc. Chemical Technology


Florida Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Marine Biology

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Dr. Evan Tuohy is a fish biologist, USCG-licensed captain and dedicated scientific technical diver addressing fisheries management of commercially important species, coral reef restoration and marine science education. He earned his Ph.D. in 2022 from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. 


His expertise is comprised of specialized in-situ fish tagging for monitoring purposes, fish community and benthic reef census, heavily task-oriented diving with machinery, equipment deployment and recovery, and mesophotic coral reef census. He has been contracted by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council, National Geographic, National Science Foundation, NOAA, PR Dept of Natural Resources, among others.


Dr. Tuohy was featured as a Top 60 Alumni from 60 Years by his alum mater Florida Tech, highlighted by the NOAA Ocean Explorers for his work at Pulley Ridge and was an invited speaker at the Sea & Learn event in Saba, Dutch Caribbean where he lectured on the importance of conserving fish spawning aggregations. Dr. Tuohy continues to seek opportunities to use his technical diving expertise and actively engages in collaborative work for this purpose.


2021 - Present
2019 - Present
2018 - 2020
2018 - 2019
2018 - Present
2017 - 2019
2015 - 2018
2016, 2019, 2021
2015 - Present
2015 - Present
2014 - 2019

Co-PI, Strengthening recovery of Nassau grouper in Puerto Rico
Co-PI, Documenting critical habitat of Nassau grouper in Puerto Rico 

Technical Diver, Monitoring mesophotic reef communities within the PR EEZ
Field Coordinator, MARFIN, Assessing the efficacy of Mona Island as a NoTake MPA
Co-PI, Using eDNA to locate fish spawning aggregations in Puerto Rico 
Co-PI, Assessing efficacy of Artedi app at teaching fish ID; Sea Grant PR 
Scientific Diver, Sustainability and recovery of groupers in PR/USVI, HJR Reefscaping
Field Coordinator, Puerto Rico's NOAA NCRMP program
Fish Biologist and Field Instructor, Isla Mar Research Expeditions 
Environmental Consultant in Fisheries, HJR Reefscaping
Research Technical Diver, Consultant, Caribbean Fisheries Management Council

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SKILLS & Synergistic activities

AAUS Scientific Diver (2010 - Present)
NAUI diving certifications: Instructor 
PADI diving certifications: Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver, Rescue Diver, Advanced Open Water, Deep Diving, Wreck Diving, Underwater Navigator, Equipment Specialist     
IANTD technical diving certifications: Advanced Nitrox, CCR Inspiration, CCR Inspiration Normoxic trimix, and CCR Inspiration Hypoxic Trimix 
SSI diving certifications: Open Water and U/W Archaeology 
United States Coast Guard (USCG) 100 GRT Master Captain’s License 
Skilled in Caribbean fish identification and survey methodologies
Designed a fish identification software for tablets:  Artedi 


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