Kyle Van Houtan (2006) is the Leader of the Marine Turtle Assessment Program (Pacific), in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. A specialist in marine turtles, their habitat and their conservation, his primary research is in the integration of science, policy, and ethics to understand and prevent extinctions.
In 2012, Kyle was awarded the very prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.” It is a worthy mark of Kyle’s considerable achievements and service in science.
An expert on the biodiversity and conservation of Hawaii’s spectacular marine ecosystem, Kyle was featured on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ to discuss changes to the fishery and how people have adapted their consumption of certain fish.
In September 2014, Kyle led a team of scientists at NOAA and Duke University in a study published in PeerJ “to better understand the causes behind the tumor-forming disease Fibropapillomatosis, which is the leading known cause of death in green turtles.”