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Postdoctoral Researcher in Fishery Management under Climate Change

List Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Close Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018

SUPERVISOR: Dr. Andrew Pershing and Dr. Lisa Kerr


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI is seeking applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research associate position to compare fishery allocation practices in global fisheries and evaluate their performance as fish populations shift with time. The postdoc will work under the supervision of Drs. Andrew Pershing and Lisa Kerr and collaborate with a team of scientists and community engagement specialists at GMRI.

Where fishers are allowed to fish and how much of each species they can catch is typically based on their historical participation in the available fisheries. Climate change is causing fish stocks to shift across the map, with many species moving into areas where they were not traditionally encountered. The interaction between range shifts and allocation schemes can create ecological risks and socio-economic inefficiencies. This project will review how fisheries around the globe have allocated access and will synthesize observed and potential performance of these allocation systems as stocks shift. It will provide guidance for fishery managers on approaches that are likely to achieve ecological, economic, and socio-cultural goals. Finally, it will test these ideas with fishery stakeholders in the Northeast U.S.

The scope of work will include the following:

  • Review allocation approaches in commercial fisheries in major commercial fisheries including those in the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia.
  • Document the frequency over which these policies are modified or allocations are revised
  • Evaluate the performance of different allocation designs to observed changes in fish distributions and identify challenges likely to be encountered in the future
  • Groundtruth global findings with fishery stakeholders in New England
  • Communicate of findings to diverse audiences including scientists, policy experts, and fishery stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • A completed (or nearly-completed) PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as environmental policy or political science, resource management, resource economics, or environmental sociology.
  • Knowledge of fisheries management and an understanding of the management process in the U.S. and/or other developed fisheries
  • Ability and interest in collaborating across scientific disciplines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences

The position has a competitive annual salary plus benefits. Start date is flexible; the successful candidate could begin as early as January 2019. The position will be located at GMRI ( in Portland, Maine with expectation for travel to scientific meetings and for interviews and discussions with fishery professionals in the US and abroad.


To apply for this position CLICK HERE to submit cover letter, CV and writing samples (e.g. copies of relevant publications), as well as contact information for three professional references. Note that you will be navigating away from the GMRI website.

Questions about the position should be directed to  Review of applications will begin October 12, 2018.  Incomplete applications will not be considered, and the position will remain open until filled.

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