Abigail J. Lynch

Abigail J. Lynch

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Climate Change and Lake Whitefish Project

Designing a Climate Change Decision-Support Tool for Great Lakes Whitefish

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, USGS - research scientist


PhD Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University.

Specialization: Environmental Science and Public Policy and CANR certificate in college teaching.  

M.S. Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
masters thesis: A molecular analysis of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) stock structure

B.A. English, B.S. Biology, University of Virginia
undergraduate thesis: Genetic analysis of margined madtom (Norturus insignis) to determine the conservation status of the spotted morph


Abigail J. Lynch grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in biology and B.A. in English in 2005.  She received her M.S. in marine science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary in 2009 for her thesis research entitled: A molecular analysis of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannusstock structure.  Abby was then awarded a one year John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Division headquarters office.

Her doctorate was  in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with a dual major in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, a doctoral specialization in Environmental Science and Policy and CANR certificate in College Teaching.  

Abby's dissertation research focus was 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.  In addition to ecological impacts, climate change will significantly affect these fisheries.

Since joining MSU in 2009, Lynch has published four peer reviewed papers, three guest columns, one book chapter, two co-edited books, and 6 outreach articles; she has presented at five national conferences and four international conferences; and she has received numerous awards that recognize her excellence in science and policy.


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Research Interests:

Abby's research interests focus on marine and freshwater fish conservation with a management focus on fisheries systems.

American Fisheries Society, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, Sea Grant Climate Change Network, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association for Great Lakes Research, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Climate Change Committee, Michigan State University Canadian Studies Center Associate.