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
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
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 their survival rate.
This research aims to quantify growth rates of Atlantic halibut through otolith analysis and to describe habitat preferences by combining rigorous statistical analyses and modeling with fishermen's knowledge.
Spatial distributions of American lobster, Homarus americanus,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 (GOM).
With an unstable market and an increased proportion of catch coming from the trap shrimp fishery, the goal of this project is to understand the benefit and feasibility of certifying the trap fishery as sustainable with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
The Gulf of
Maine Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) fishery has suffered from
stock collapse and an inability to recover. Managing cod
stocks with regards to the biological scale of the fishery
may have an impact on the recoverability of the stocks.