Rick Wahle showcasing marine invertebrates.

Dr. Richard Wahle

Research Professor, School of Marine Sciences 

Director, Lobster Institute


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the influences of the ocean’s physical and biotic environment on the population dynamics and distribution of marine benthic organisms. Much of my research integrates the fields of ecology, oceanography, and fishery science toward a better mechanistic understanding of marine populations and communities. I have a particularly long-standing research program on the American lobster for which I and my collaborators are striving to develop predictive tools for population trends through an understanding of larval transport, settlement, and post-settlement processes.


Ph.D., Zoology, University of Maine, 1990 M.S., Biology, San Francisco State University, 1982 B.A., Zoology, University of New Hampshire, 1977

Curriculum Vitae: Richard Wahle CV (PDF)

(Updated: June 2019)

*Banner photo taken by Jesica Waller

Last Updated: June 2020 by Kristyn Kleman