The Fisheries Ecology Lab is led by Dr. Lisa Kerr and is focused on fisheries research that is directly relevant to resource management. We address questions about fish stock structure, species-climate relationships, and factors that contribute to the resilience of our fishery resources and ecosystems. We aim to understand biocomplexity within fish stocks (e.g., spatial structure, population connectivity, life history diversity) and its impact on their response to climate change, fishing, and alternative management strategies. We apply field sampling, as well as laboratory analysis and mathematical modeling to address these questions. Our research spans a gamut of species, including alewife, Atlantic cod, striped bass, and Atlantic bluefin tuna. Our research is made relevant through advisory work, including service on the New England Fisheries Management Council’s Science and Statistical Committee and other state, federal, and international agencies, on fisheries stock assessment, climate impacts and ecosystem based fisheries management.