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Michael William Schmidt


Michael oversees the Western Fisheries Research Center. He is a trained manager, communicator, process facilitator, and collaborator of multi-disciplinary science.  

Michael supports the administration of critical research and the process of translating science to management for fisheries and marine ecosystems in the western United States. Previously, Michael worked as Deputy Director for the salmon recovery nonprofit, Long Live the Kings, where he established and led collaborative research.  

Professional Experience

  • 2021 to present - Center Director, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2016 - 2021 - Deputy Director, Long Live the Kings, Seattle, WA

  • 2007 - 2015 - Director of Programs, Long Live the Kings, Seattle, WA

  • 2005 - 2007 - Program Coordinator, Long Live the Kings, Seattle, WA

  • 2001 - 2004 - Project Assistant, Long Live the Kings, Seattle, WA

  • 2001 - 2001 - Intern, NOAA NWFSC Manchester Lab, Manchester, WA

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Marine Affairs, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

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