Welcome to the Lobster Institute’s publication’s section. Here you have access to an ever growing collection of scholarly lobster articles published by our Associate Faculty and others at the University of Maine.


McManus, M.C., Brady, D.C., Brown, C., Carloni, J.T., Giffin, M., Goode, A.G., Kleman, K., Lawton, P., Le Bris, A., Olszewski, S., Perry, D.N., Rochette, R., Shank, B.V., Wilson, C.M., Wahle, R.A. 2023. The American Lobster Settlement Index: History, lessons, and future of a long-term, transboundary monitoring collaborative. Frontiers in Marine Science. 9, 1055557.

Casey, F., Churchill, J.H., Cowles, G.W., Pugh, T.L., Wahle, R.A., Stokesbury, K.D.E., Glenn, R.P. 2023. The impact of ocean warming on juvenile American lobster recruitment off southeastern Massachusetts. Fisheries Oceanography. 32(2), 229-244.

Ascher, A.J. 2023. Climate Change and an Evolving Fishery: Do Declining Maternal Size and Planktonic Foods Affect Lobster Survival in the Gulf of Maine? Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3774.

Love, D.C., Asche, F., Gephart, J.A., Zhu, J., Garlock, T., Stoll, J.S., Anderson, J., Conrad, Z., Nussbaumer, E.M., Thorne-Lyman, A.L., Bloem, M.W. 2023. Identifying opportunities for aligning production and consumption in the US fisheries by considering seasonality. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture. 31(2), 259-273

Khalsa, N.S., Hodgdon, C.T., Mazur, M.D., Chen, Y. 2023. Climate-driven shifts in growth and maturity induce changes to the population and fishery dynamics of a high-value crustacean. Fisheries Research. 259, 106574.

Kim, J., Hodgdon, C., Evans, K.S., Chen, Y. 2023. Spatial dynamics of Maine lobster landings in a changing coastal system. Frontiers in Marine Science. 10, 1171269.


Boenish, R., Kritzer, J.P., Kleisner, K., Steneck, R.S., Werner, K.M., Zhu, W., Schram, F., Rader, D., Cheung, W., Ingles, J., Tian, Y., Mimikakis, J. 2022. The global rise of crustacean fisheries. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 20(2), 102-110.

Silver, J.J., Stoll, J.S. 2022. A framework for investigating commercial license and quota holdings in an era of fisheries consolidation, concentration and financialization. Pergamon. 143, 105179.

Behan, J.T., Hodgdon, C., Chen, Y. 2022. Scale-dependent assumptions influence habitat suitability estimates for the American lobster (Homarus americanus): Implications for a changing Gulf of Maine. Ecological Modelling. 470, 110030.

Hodgdon, C., Shank, B.V., Chen, Y. 2022. Developing a framework to estimate dynamic reference points for American lobster using a thermally explicit spawning stock biomass/recruitment relationship. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 79(12).

Willse, N., Summers, E., Chen, Y. 2022. Vertical Line Requirements and North Atlantic Right Whale Entanglement Risk Reduction for the Gulf of Maine American Lobster Fishery. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 14(2), 10203.

Mazur, M.D., Tanaka, K.R., Shank, B.V., Chang, J.H., Hodgdon, C., Reardon K.M., Friedland, K.D., Chen, Y. 2022. Incorporating spatial heterogeneity and environmental impacts into stock-recruitment relationships for Gulf of Maine lobster. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 79(2).


Niemisto, M., Fields, D.M., Clark, K.F., Waller, J.D., Greenwood, S.J., Wahle, R.A. 2021. American lobster postlarvae alter gene regulation in response to ocean warming and acidification. Ecology and Evolution. 11(2), 806-819.

Goode, A.G., Grabowski, J.H., Brady, D.C. 2021. Evaluating benthic impact of the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery using the Swept Area Seabed Impact (SASI) model. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Goode, A.G. 2021. Anthropogenic Impacts to Essential Habitats in the Gulf of Maine: A Case Study of the American Lobster, Homarus Americanus, and its Fishery. The University of Maine ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. 29095201.

Stoll, J.S., Oldach, E.J., Witkin, T., Reardon, K., Love, D.C., Pinto da Silva, P. 2021. Rapid adaptation to crisis events: Insights from the bait crisis in the Maine lobster fishery. Springer Netherlands.

Lopez-Anido, R.N., Harrington, A.M., Hamlin, H.J. 2021. Coping with stress in a warming Gulf: the postlarval American lobster’s cellular stress response under future warming scenarios. Cell Stress and Chaperones. 26(4), 721-734.

Behan, J.T., Li, B., Chen, Y. 2021. Examining Scale Dependent Environmental Effects on American Lobster (Homarus americanus) Spatial Distribution in a Changing Gulf of Maine. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8.

Han, D., Tian, S., Zhang, Y., & Chen, Y. (2021). An evaluation of temporal changes in the trophic structure of Gulf of Maine ecosystemRegional Studies in Marine Science42, 101635.


Tanaka, K.R., Torre, M.P., Saba, V.S., Stock, C.A. andChen, Y., 2020. An ensemble high‐resolution projection of changes in the future habitat of American lobster and sea scallop in the Northeast US continental shelf. Diversity and Distributions.

Bowden, T.J., Kraev, I. and Lange, S., 2020. Extracellular vesicles and post-translational protein deimination signatures in haemolymph of the American lobster (Homarus americanus). Fish & shellfish immunology. 106.

Huntsberger, C.J., Kilada, R., Ambrose, W.G., Wahle, R.A. 2020. Age-at-size relationships of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) from three contrasting thermal regimes using gastric mill band counts as a direct aging technique. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Hodgdon, C.T., Tanaka, K.R., Runnebaum, J., Cao, J., Chen, Y. 2020. A framework to incorporate environmental effects into stock assessments informed by fishery-independent surveys: a case study with American lobster (Homarus Americans). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Mazur, M.D., Friedland, K.D., McManus, M.C., Goode, A.G., 2020. Dynamic changes in American lobster suitable habitat distribution on the Northeast U.S. Shelf linked to oceanographic conditions. Fisheries Oceanography. 29(4).

Friedland, K.D., Morse, R.E., Manning, J.P., Melrose, D.C., Miles, T., Goode, A.G., Brady, D.C., Kohut, J.T., Powell, E.N. 2020. Trends and change points in surface and bottom thermal environments of the US Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem. Fisheries Oceanography. 29(5).

Harrington, A.M., Clark, K.F., Hamlin, H.J. 2020. Expected ocean warming conditions significantly alter the transcriptome of developing post larval American lobsters (Homarus Americans): Implications for energetic trade-offs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics 

Harrington, A.M., Harrington, R.J., Bouchard. D.A., Hamlin, H.J. 2020. The synergistic effects of elevated temperature and CO2-induced ocean acidification reduce cardiac performance and increase disease susceptibility in subadult, female American lobsters Homarus americanus H. Milne Edwards, 1837 (Decapoda: Astacidea: Nephropidae) from the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Crustacean Biology.

Wahle, R., Linnane, A., & Harrington, A. 2020. Chapter 3: Lobster Fisheries. In and G. Lovrich and M. Thiel (eds). The Natural History of the Crustacea. (Vol. 9). New York: Oxford Univ. Press. 554 pp.

Oppenheim, N.G., Wahle, R.A., Brady, D.C., Goode, A., Pershing, A. 2020. The Cresting Wave: Larval Settlement and Ocean Temperatures Predict Change in the American Lobster Harvest. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 101(1), 1-4.

Wahle, R.A., Linnane, A.J., Harrington, A.M. 2020. Lobster fisheries. The natural history of crustaceans. 9, 55-90.


Bayer, R.C., M. Potocki. 2019. Plastic pollution affects American lobsters, Homarus americanus. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 138: 545-548.

Goode, A., D. Brady, R.S. Steneck, R.A. Wahle. 2019. The brighter side of climate change: How local oceanography amplified a lobster boom in the Gulf of Maine. Global Change Biology. Volume 25.

Hamlin, H.J., D.A. Bouchard, E. Tarr, S.M. Tudor 2019. Influence of temperature regime and epizootic shell disease on ecdysterone concentrations in American lobster from the Gulf of Maine. Bulletin of Marine Science. 95: 409-420

Harrington, A.M., H.J. Hamlin. 2019. Ocean acidification alters thermal cardiac performance, hemocyte abundance, and hemolymph chemistry in subadult American lobsters Homarus americanus H. Milne Edwards, 1837 (Decapoda: Molcostraca: Nephropidae).  Journal of Crustacean Biology. 39, 4: 468-476.

Johnson, T.R., K. Beard, D.C. Brady, C.J. Byron, C. Cleaver, K. Duffy, N. Keeney, M. Kimble, M. Miller, S. Moeykens, M. Teisl, G.P. Walsum, J. Yuan. A Social-Ecological System Framework for Marine Aquaculture Research. Sustainability. 11, 2522.2019.

Oppenheim, N., D. Brady, A. Goode, A. Pershing, R.A. Wahle 2019. The cresting wave: larval settlement and ocean temperatures predict change in the American lobster harvest. Ecological Applications

Staples, K.W., D.Brady, Y. Chen, D.W. Townsend 2019. Spatiotemporal variabilit in the phenology of the initial intra-annual molt of American Lobster (Homarus Americanus Milne Edwards, 1837) and its relationship with bottom temperatures in a changing Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography. Volume 28, issue 4.

Tanaka, K.R., J. Cao, B.V. Shank, S.B. Truesdell, M.D. Mazur, L. Xu, Y. Chen. 2019. A model-based approach to incorporate environmental variability into assessment of a commercial fishery: a case study with the american lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. ICES Journal of Maine Science. 76, 4: 884-896.


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Boenish, R., Y. Chen. 2018. Spatiotemporal dynamics of effective fishing effort in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery along the coast of Maine, USA. Fisheries Research. 199: 231-241.

Boenish, R., Y. Chen. 2018. Quasi-Stationary Atlantic Cod Bycatch Estimation in the Maine American Lobster Homarus Americanus Trap Fishery. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 38: 1.

Carloni, J., E. Bjorkstedt, P. Geoghegan, R.A. Wahle 2018. Bridging the spawner-recruit disconnect: trends in American lobster recruitment linked to the pelagic food web. Bulletin of Marine Science. 94 719-735.

Ebel, S.A., R. Alden, C.M. Beitl, T.R. Johnson, J. Runnebaum 2018. The power of participation: Challenges and opportunities for facilitating trust in cooperative fisheries research in the Maine lobster fishery. Marine Policy. 90: 47-54.

Jaini, M., A.C. Thomas, R.A. Wahle, R. Weatherbee. 2018. Spatial surface temperature correlates of American lobster (Homarus americanus) settlement in the Gulf of Maine and southern New England shelf. Bulletin of Marine Science. 94: 737-751.

Johnson, T.R., M.D. Mazur. 2018. A mixed method approach to understanding the graying of Maine’s lobster fleet. Bulletin of Marine Science. 94, 3: 1185-1199.

Le Bris, A., M.A. Alexander, A.J. Allyn, Y. Chen, K.E. Mills, A.J. Pershing, J.G. Schuetz, J.D. Scott, R.A. Wahle 2018. Climate Vulnerability and resilience in the most valuable North American fishery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115: 1831-1836.

Li, B., J. Cao, Y. Chen, L. Guan, M. Mazur, R.A. Wahle. 2018. Estimating spatial non-stationary environmental effects on the distribution of species: a case study from American lobster in the Gulf of Maine. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 75: 1473-1482.

Mazur, M., J.H. Chang, Y. Chen, B. Li  2018. Using an individual-based model to simulate the Gulf of Maine American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery and evaluate the robustness of current management regulations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76: 1709-1718. 
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Bowden, T., J. 2017. The humoral immune systems of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) and the European lobster (Homarus gammarus). Fisheries Research, 186 (part 1): 367-371

Comeau, M., R. Rochette, A. Silva, J. Tremblay, R.A. Wahle 2017. Spatial patterns of richness and abundance of benthic decapod crustaceans and fishes in the Northwest Atlantic as measured by passive cobble-­‐filled collectors. Marine Biology Research Hunt, H.,

Fields, D.M., H. McVeigh, J. Waller, R.A. Wahle 2017. Linking rising pCO2 and temperature to the larval development and the physiology of the American lobster (Homarus americanus).  ICES Journal of Marine Science. 74: 1210-1219.

Steneck, R. S., B. Ernst, A. Parma,  J. Wilson.  Two lobster tales: lessons from the convergent evolution of TURFs in Maine (USA) and the Juan Fernandez Islands (Chile). Bulletin of Marine Sciences. 93: 13 – 33.

Stoll, J. S., B.I. Crona, E. Fuller, 2017. Uneven adaptive capacity among fishers in a sea of change. PloS One, 12(6), e0178266.

Tanaka, KR.*, S.L. Belknap, Y. Chen,  J.J. Homola  2017. A statistical model for monitoring shell disease in inshore lobster fisheries: A case study in Long Island Sound. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172123.


McHenry, J.D., Brady, * R. Steneck  2016.  Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of near-­‐shore benthic assemblages: Implications for marine spatial planning. Ecological Applications.

Sherwood G.D., Y. Chen, D. F. Cowan, J. H. Grabowski, M.D. McMahan  2016.  Growth of juvenile lobster, Homarus americanus, in a changing environment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 557: 177–187

Stoll, J. S., C.M. Beitl, & J.A. Wilson. 2016.  How access to Maine’s fisheries has changed over a quarter century: The cumulative effects of licensing on resilience. Global Environmental Change, 37, 79-91.

Waller, J.,* D. Fields, H. McVeigh*, R. Wahle  2016.  Linking ocean acidification and warming to the larval development of the American lobster (Homarus americanus). ICES  J. Mar. Sci.


Gledhill, D.K., A.C. Candelmo, T.L. Capson,  R.C. Chambers, S. Cooley, S. Doney, C.J. Gobler, J. Grear, C.W. Hunt, A.L. King, M. Liebman, I. Mlsna, B. Mook,  J.R. Morrison, N.N. Price, N.D. Rebuck, J. Salisbury, S. Signorini, E. Stancioff, C. Stymiest, H. Thomas, R.A. Wahle, J.D. Waller*, Z.A. Wang, M.M. White  2015.  Ocean acidification off New England and Nova Scotia. Oceanography. 28(2):182–197 http://dx.dHenry, A.M.*, & T.R. Johnson.

Henry, A.M.*, & T.R. Johnson. 2015.  Understanding social resilience in the Maine lobster industry. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 7(1):33-43.

Petit, I.J., C.F. Gaymer, Á.T. Palma, R.A. Wahle 2015. Predation of juvenile Jasus frontalis: An endemic spiny lobster of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chile. Journal of Shellfish Research 34:1085-1089.

Wahle, R.A., L. Dellinger, P. Jekielek, S. Olszewski 2015.  Lobster nurseries of southern New England recede in the face of climate change. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72 (Suppl. 1): i69-i78,

Wahle, R.A., L. Dellinger, P. Jekielek, S. Olszewski, 2015  Lobster nurseries of southern New England recede in the face of climate change. ICES Journal of Marine Science.


Bolton, J.C., R. Bayer, R. Bushway, S. Collins and B. Perkins. 2014. Analytical and semi preparative HPLC analysis and isolation of hemocyanin from the American lobster. Journal of Shellfish
Research. 33:11-17.

Burdett-Coutts, V.*,  R. Rochette, P. Snelgrove, R.A. Wahle  2014. Spatial linkages between settling young-­of-­year and older juvenile lobsters. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 499: 143–155.

Grieve, C., D.C. Brady, & H. Polet. 2014. Best practices for managing, measuring, and mitigating the benthic impacts of fishing – Part 1. Marine Stewardship Council Science Series 2: 18-88

Teisl, M.F, T. Johnson, S. Klein, S. Marrinan, S. McCoy, C.L. Noblet, R. Roper, M. Wibberly , &  2014.  Will offshore energy face ‘fair winds and following seas’?: Understanding the factors influencing marine energy acceptance. Estuaries and Coasts.


Coleman, F. C., P.J. Auster, P.M. Cury, J.A. Estes, J. Orensanz, C.H. Peterson, M.E. Power, R.S. Steneck, J.T. Wootton 2014 The invisible fabric of nature: species interactions and fisheries management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Travis

Mills, K.E., C.J. Brown, Y. Chen, F.S. Chiang, D.S. Holland, S. Lehuta, J.A. Nye, A.J. Pershing, J.C. Sun, A.C. Thomas, R.A. Wahle 2013.  Fisheries management in a changing climate: Lessons from the 2012 ocean heat wave in the Northwest Atlantic. Oceanography 26: 191-­195.

Oppenheim, N.*, R.A. Wahle. 2013.Cannibals by night? In situ video monitoring reveals diel shifts in inter-and intraspecific predation on tethered American lobsters. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70: 1635–1640.

Steneck, R.S. & R.A. Wahle. 2013. Lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70: 1571-­1575.

Wahle, R.A., A. Battison, L. Bernatchez, S. Boudreau, K. Castro, J.H. Grabowski, S.J. Greenwood, C. Guenther, R. Rochette, J. Wilson. 2013. The American lobster in a changing ecosystem: A US-Canada science symposium, 27-­30 November, Portland, Maine.  Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 70: 1571-­1575.

Wahle, R.A., C. Bergeron*, V. Burdett‐Coutts*, M. Comeau, R. Glenn, M. Gibson, P. Lawton, R. Rochette, J. Tremblay, C. Wilson 2013.The geography and bathymetry of American lobster benthic recruitment as measured by diver-­‐based suction sampling and passive collectors. Marine Biology Research. 9: 42-58

Wahle, R.A., C. Brown*, K. Hovel. 2013.  The geography and body size dependence of top-­down forcing in New England’s lobster-­groundfish interaction. Bulletin of Marine Science. 89(1):189–212

Wilson, J.A., J.M. Acheson,  T.R. Johnson  2013.  The cost of useful knowledge and collective action in three fisheries. Ecological Economics 96:165-172.

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