Lynch receives Tanner Fellowship

Lynch receives Tanner Fellowship

Feb. 14, 2013

CSIS doctoral student Abigail Lynch has been honored with the Dr. Howard A. Tanner Fisheries Excellence Fellowship for 2013-14. The award recognizes a student who is committed to fisheries research related to the Great Lakes, connecting waterway or tributary stream research.

A Ph.D candidate in fisheries and wildlife with a dual major in ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior, and a doctoral specialization in environmental science and public policy, Lynch’s dissertation research focuses on developing a decision-support tool to regulate harvest management strategies for lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in a changing climate. Lake whitefish support the most economically valuable commercial fishery in the upper Great Lakes and are a sentinel species in the cold water fish community. Climate change has the potential to affect the distribution and abundance of lake whitefish and its fisheries.

Since coming to MSU in 2009, Lynch has published four peer reviewed papers, two guest columns, one book chapter, two co-edited books, and four outreach articles; she has presented at three national conferences and four international conferences; and she has received numerous awards that recognize her excellence in science and policy.

“I am very honored to be a recipient of the 2013 Dr. Howard A. Tanner Fisheries Excellence Fellowship,” Lynch said. “Particularly because I’ve had a chance to be mentored by Howard over this past year as we’re collaborating on a chapter for the upcoming AFS publication Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals. Howard is very passionate about Great Lakes fish conservation and I hope that my dissertation research honors his commitment to the resource.”