Field of Focus
  • Ecology
  • Fisheries
  • Natural and Man-Made Hazard Mitigation
  • Coastal Development
  • Habitat Loss
  • Restoration
  • Sustainable Development
  • Modeling
  • Decision, Risk and Management Science
Area of Expertise
Specialize in the long-term planning of complex coastal ecosystem restoration and storm flood risk reduction projects and policies
  • M.S. in Fisheries, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A., August 1994. Master’s Thesis: "Effects of Supplemental Feeding and Rotational Trapping on Yield and Size at Harvest of Crawfish in Ponds."
  • B.S. in Marine Biology, Long Island University, Southampton, New York, U.S.A., August 1991.

Karim Belhadjali is the Program Manager for the 2012 update of the State’s Coastal Master Plan for Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection. He has been engaged with the state’s coastal restoration and protection program since 2000, serving as the lead ecologist for the state on a dozen large scale wetland restoration projects constructed with federal partners.
Prior to his current position, he served in the US Peace Corps as the Marine Fisheries Advisor to the government of Tuvalu, Central Pacific. He formulated fisheries policy including regulatory reform and fisheries management plans, to protect and conserve the marine resources of Tuvalu.

Karim holds a bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Long Island University and a Master's Degree in Fisheries from Louisiana State University.