Abigail Lynch, PhD

Abigail Lynch

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Assistant Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Research Fish Biologist, National Climate Adaptation Science Center



Abigail (Abby) J. Lynch is a  Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Working primarily in inland systems, Abby's research examines the impacts of global change on fish at local, national, and global scales using field-collected and remotely-sensed data.

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.  In 2013, she 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.  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.  

Abby Lynch's USGS Profile

The Fisheries Blog - Designing a climate change decision-support tool for Great Lakes Lake Whitefish