- Our lab focuses on: quantitative fisheries ecology, population dynamics, and fisheries stock assessments and management.
- We investigate the interactions between commercial fishing, ecological variables and dynamics of fisheries populations and communities.
- Our goal is to develop sustainable fisheries and ecosystem-based management approach, using an interdisciplinary approach of fisheries biology, ecology, management policy, decision making theory, mathematical and statistical modeling, and computer simulations.
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Current Research Highlights
Atlantic cod and cusk are subject to barotrauma when quickly brought to the surface by lobster traps, which induces physical trauma to the fish. We want to test methods of reversing this physical trauma and thereby increasing thier survival rate.
Estimating season-, size-, and sex-specific spatial distribution of American lobster (Homarus americanus) using key habitat variables
Spatial distributions of American lobster are influenced by many factors. We developed a modeling approach for quantifying the season-, size-, and sex-specific lobster spatial distribution with respect to environmental and spatial variables in the Gulf of Maine.
This project seeks to evaluate the role played by population structure in shaping the statistical performance and ecological effects of alternative groundfish sampling strategies.