Understanding the Gulf of Maine through interdisciplinary research

We conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research to understand the complex coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine. We apply that knowledge to the region's challenging economic, social, and environmental issues to advance the long-term sustainability, growth, and resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the people that depend on it.

Janet Duffy-Anderson, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer
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Janet Duffy-Anderson, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer

Our Labs

Our team of world-class scientists conducts marine research to better understand and steward the Gulf of Maine ecosystem — including people. Our labs combine their individual expertise to form a research program that covers the Gulf of Maine “from physics to fish sticks.”

  • Coastal Dynamics

    The Coastal Dynamics Lab studies changes in mean and extreme coastal and estuarine water levels to support coastal management, flood forecasting and preparedness, and state …

  • Quantitative Fisheries Research

    Our lab conducts research and participates in science advisory work to improve the management of ecologically and economically valuable marine resources.

  • Fisheries Ecology

    Our lab investigates ecological information about economically important fish, to ensure that fisheries can adapt to changes and operate at world-class levels.

  • Pelagic Fisheries

    Our lab uses cutting edge science to fill life history gaps for highly valuable and migratory species, and by doing so, improve management capacities.

  • Integrated Systems Ecology

    Our lab works to distill and analyze complex ocean dynamics to inform decision-makers and promote sustainability and resiliency in the Gulf of Maine.

  • Climate Change Ecology

    Our lab seeks to understand how warming, acidification, and deoxygenation alter marine ecosystems.

  • Coastal and Marine Economics

    Our lab seeks to understand the mechanisms behind our decisions and behaviors, and how they relate to coastal and marine resource uses.

  • Ocean Data Products

    Our team of experts transforms a constant flow of complex ocean data into simplified, accessible information streams and visuals for a diverse range of stakeholders.

  • Learning Sciences

    Our lab seeks to advance the scientific understanding of teaching and learning by thoughtfully inquiring into the contexts in which learning happens.

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  • 2022 Research Progress Update

    2022 Research Progress Update

    To keep you updated on our research team's progress, we've developed a report showcasing some of the achievements from our labs. More broadly, this report …


  • Gulf of Maine, Explained: Causes & Impacts of Rapid Warming

    Gulf of Maine, Explained: Causes & Impacts of Rapid Warming

    In this Gulf of Maine, Explained video, GMRI Climate Center Director Dr. Dave Reidmiller explains why the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most …

    Gulf of Maine, Explained

  • A Field Season in Photos

    A Field Season in Photos

    Explore our 2022 Field Season with a selection of our favorite photos from throughout the year. Whether tagging blue sharks offshore, seining the beaches of …


  • Our Role in the National Climate Assessment

    Our Role in the National Climate Assessment

    In November, the federal government published the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA). Mandated by Congress starting in 1990, the NCA assesses climate change impacts across …