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Kathy Mills, Ph.D.


Kathy is an associate research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. As a quantitative fisheries ecologist, she uses statistical analysis and coupled physical-biological modeling to understand (1) changes in climate and ecosystem conditions and (2) how these affect fish populations, biological communities, and fisheries. Much of her research has focused on shifts in community size structure and changes in abundance, distribution, growth, size, and phenology of a variety of marine species. Her recent work moves towards forecasting population and community characteristics in response to climate variability and change.

Kathy is also dedicated to bringing scientific information to bear on management challenges that affect the sustainability of marine ecosystems and fisheries. Much of her current research is directed towards supporting and advancing climate adaptation planning and ecosystem-based management for marine fisheries. In these efforts, Kathy enjoys working as part of broader interdisciplinary teams to understand and inform management of fisheries as coupled social-ecological systems.

Research Interests

Identifying and modeling effects of climate, environmental, anthropogenic, and ecological interactions on fish populations, communities, and fisheries

Developing seasonal and longer-range forecasts of population characteristics and fishery patterns based on climate conditions

Providing scientific information and conceptual frameworks to support climate adaptation for marine fisheries and ecosystem-based fisheries management


Ph.D., Natural Resources, Cornell University

M.S., Natural Resources, Cornell University

B.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Political Science, Duke University

Service to Science and Community

Organizer, Session on Extreme Oceanographic Events (Ocean Sciences, 2014)

Participant, Workshop on Climate Effects on Productivity in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Ecosystems (ICES, 2013)

Participant, Workshop on Norway-United States Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems (2014)