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Graduate Fellowships in Lobster Research

Wenshu He, Graduate Student in Food Science, Awarded First Lobster Institute Fellowship

  Wenshu He, a UMaine graduate student in Food Science and Human Nutrition, has been awarded the first Lobster Institute Graduate Research Fellowship. Under the guidance of Dr. Mary Ellen Camire, Wenshu’s thesis proposes to measure consumer tastes and perceptions for claw and tail meat of both new shell and hard shell lobsters. Research participants will be asked to rate how much they like the appearance, aroma, taste, texture, and overall quality of the samples. She hopes this research will help the lobster industry better understand consumer preferences.
Wenshu received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Brownsville (now named: the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).  Because of her genuine love for food, she chose Food Science for her postgraduate education. Her research concentration lies in sensory evaluation, which is an applied science that focuses on studying human responses to products through different senses, in order to assist the food industry in addressing consumer demands and developing new products.

Hattie Train Receives Sea Grant Lobster Research Fellowship

Hattie Train has received a Sea Grant Lobster Research Fellowship for 2019-2020.  She will be working on a project focused on the dynamic interactions between the lobster and herring fisheries. This will be done by examining the role of “discarded” herring as bait, and other potential bait, in influencing the lobster fishery.  She will work on identifying what strategies the lobster industry can take to reduce the social-economic impacts caused by shortages of local baits.

Hattie will be a graduate student in UMaine School of Marine Sciences, with a dual Masters in Marine Biology and Marine Policy. She completed her B.S. at UMaine (2019) majoring in Marine Science, with a double minor of Fisheries and Aquaculture. She grew up on Long Island, Maine, with a commercial fisherman father, who was involved in the marine policy and science world, and a science focused teacher as a mother, giving her first had experience with fisheries and a range of background and networks that lead her to pursue studying marine science, and fisheries in particular.

Andrew Goode Receives Graduate Assistantship to Research Quality Along the Lobster Supply Chain

Andrew Goode, along with faculty from both UMaine and Bates College as well as industry collaborators, is working on a project to increase the profitability of the lobster industry by reducing losses (or shrink) along the supply chain.  The study will monitor and mitigate stress points from trap, to wharf, to distributors.  His graduate research is funded through the University of Maine Systems Research Reinvestment Fund.
     Andrew Goode is a PhD candidate in Oceanography working with Dr. Damien Brady, and currently is a Theme 1 SEANET researcher. A native of Boothbay, Maine, Goode was fundamentally shaped by how he views the ocean environment. At a young age Goode became the first lobsterman in his family and continues to lobster fish to this day.  His interests lie in oceanographic and biological factors that influence the health, behavior, and ecology of economically important species of the Gulf of Maine – such as lobsters. These interests have led him to research horseshoe crab population dynamics, marine virus ecology, sea lice behavior, fishery impact to essential fish habitats, the influence of climate variability on demographic bottlenecks of American lobster settlement, and other important topic areas.

Graduate theses and dissertations on lobster-related research

UMaine Faculty Lobster Research

2017

Lobster in a Changing Gulf of Maine: Investigating the Temporal Impact on Molting and the Fishing Fleet

Author: Kevin Stapes (MS)
Advisors: Yong Chen, David W. Townsend

Improving Management and Conservation of Cusk (Brosme brosme): Habitat Distribution, Bycatch Interactions, and Conservation  Practices

Author: Jocelyn M. Runnebaum (PhD)
Advisor: Yong Chen

2016

Recruitment Forecasting and Scientific Knowledge Production in the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England American Lobster Fishery

Author: Noah Oppenheim (MS)
Advisor: Richard Wahle

The Effects of Regional Temperature Cycles on Larval American Lobsters, Homarus americanus

Author: Meghan Capps (MS)
Advisor: Heather Hamlin

Development of Modeling Frameworks for Assessing Impacts of Habitat and Stock Structure on Fish Population Dynamics

Author: Lisha Guan (PhD)
Advisors: Yong Chen, James A. Wilson

Linking Rising pCO2 and Temperature to the Larval Development, Physiology and Gene Expression of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus)

Author: Jesica Waller (MS)
Advisor: Richard Wahle

2015

Population Dynamics of American Lobster: Environmental, Ecological, and Economic Perspectives

Author: Jui-Han Chang (PhD)
Advisor: Yong Chen

Evaluation and Improvement of Fisheries Stock Assessment, from Data Collection to Modeling

Author: Jie Cao (PhD)
Advisor: Yong Chen

2014

Frequency of Ocean Heat Waves in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans

Author: Hillary Scannell (MS)
Advisor: Andrew Pershing

Abiotic Proxies of Benthic Megafaunal Assemblages in the
Coastal Gulf of Maine: A Template for Ocean Planning?

Author: Jennifer McHenry (MS)
Advisor: Robert Steneck

2013

Dynamical, Bioeconomic Modeling of Fishery Interactions in the Gulf of Maine

Author: Dominic Fitzpatrick (MS)
Advisor: Andrew Pershing

Assessing Social Resilience of Maine Fishing Communities and Developing a Longline Groundfish Survey

Author: Anna M. Henry (MS)
Advisor: Yong Chen

2017

Supporting decision-making under climate variability and change: multi-scale forecasts and analyses for the Maine lobster fishery

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $58,053

Revealing Deepwater Lobster Settlement Across Thermal Gradients in the Gulf of Maine

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $82,337

Genetic and phenotypic response of larval American lobster to ocean warming and acidification across New England’s steep thermal  gradient

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $153,099

Assessing the potential for sustainability of fishing-­dependent communities in coastal Maine in the face of environmental and socioeconomic change

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Leslie, Stoll, Anderson, Wilson
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $275,308

Assessing the Impact of Environmental Change on the Recruitment of Lobsters off Southeastern New England

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $48,356

2016

Evaluate Lobster Sea and Port Sampling Programs and effectiveness of Conservation measures

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Chen
Sponsor: ME DMR
Award Amount: $25,000

Understanding the effects of changing ocean ecosystems on lobster health and susceptible to disease in the context of rising water temperatures

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Cooperative Extension
UM Investigators: Bouchard, Hamlin, MacRae, Bayer
Sponsor: ME DMR
Award Amount: $127,482

2015

Supplementary support for Maine DMR lobster growth and age determination project

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $46,550

CINAR: Using the American Lobster Settlement Index and Environmental Indicators in Fishery Forecasting and Stock Assessment

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $134,827

The effects of regional temperature cycles on the development and disease susceptibility of the American lobster (Homarus  americanus)

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Hamlin, Bricknell, Bayer
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $199,613

Improving survivability of cusk and Atlantic cod bycatch discarded in the Gulf of Maine lobster trap fishery

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Chen
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $229,243

Maine EPSCoR: The Nexus of Coastal Marine Social-­Environmental Systems and Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture

College:
Unit: Sea Grant
UM Investigators: Anderson, Brady, Bricknell, Hamlin
Sponsor: NSF
Award Amount: $600,000

2014

The effects of regional temperature cycles on the development and disease susceptibility of the American lobster (Homarus americanus)

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Hamlin, Bricknell, Bayer
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $249,516

Coastal SEES (Track 2), Collaborative Research: Resilience and Adaptation of a Coastal Ecological-­Economic System in Response to Increasing Temperature

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Chen, Thomas, Wahle
Sponsor: NSF
Award Amount: $139,713

Collaborative Research: Strengthening the scientific basis for decision-­‐making: Advancing knowledge-­‐action capacities in a coupled coastal-­inland

College:
Unit: Sea Grant
UM Investigators: Anderson
Sponsor: NSF
Award Amount: $120,000

2013

American Lobster Settlement Index Oversight +$ (2013-­2017)

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: ME DMR
Award Amount: $25,000

A new era in stock assessment of the American lobster (2013-­2018)

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: ME DMR
Award Amount: $250,000

Evaluating the American Lobster Settlement Index in Fishery Forecasting

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Wahle
Sponsor: ALSF
Award Amount: $12,000

Aquaculture in shared waters

College: Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
Unit: Marine Sciences
UM Investigators: Johnson
Sponsor: NOAA
Award Amount: $56,601