Dr. John Hampton serves as the Chief Scientist of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division of The Pacific Community (SPC), focusing on oceanic fisheries. His work spans the biology and ecology of tunas, fisheries monitoring, stock assessment and harvest strategy development for western and central Pacific tuna fisheries.
Dr. Hampton was previously a Deputy Director of FAME, responsible for management of the Oceanic Fisheries Programme. Before his time at SPC, he was an experimental scientist at the CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, and a biologist at the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industry in Australia. Dr. Hampton holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from James Cook University of North Queensland, and a Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, where his research focused on population dynamics and fishery management of southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii).