Assad, Victoria

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Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marine Sciences Building
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 354-1652
Fax: (808) 956-8668
Lab: Deep Sea Fish Ecology
Personal Website: Victoria Assad

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. 2020 – Marine Science (minor in Statistics), California State University, Monterey Bay 
  • B.A. 2020 – Social and Behavioral Sciences (concentration in Archaeology), California State University, Monterey Bay 

Research Interest:

Victoria is a PhD student in Biological Oceanography working in the Deep Sea Fish Ecology Lab with Dr. Jeffrey Drazen. Her research interests include the impacts of deep-sea polymetallic nodule mining on the ecology of deep midwater communities, particularly the micronekton. She is currently working on establishing a baseline of midwater micronekton communities at a mining claim area within the CCZ. Victoria is also interested in the intersection of science and policy and hopes to use her research to have a positive impact on environmental policy.  

Current Research Activities:

  • Establishing baseline biodiversity evaluations of micronekton in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ)
  • Investigating the impacts of deep-sea mining in the CCZ