Abigail Lynch PhD
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Adjunct assistant professor
Research Fish Biologist, National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Abigail J. Lynch earned her doctorate 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.
She 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 tyrannus) stock 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.
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.
In her career at MSU, Lynch has published four peer reviewed papers, three guest columns, one book chapter, two co-edited books, and six 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.
The Fisheries Blog - Designing a climate change decision-support tool for Great Lakes Lake Whitefish