Joe Dello Russo
PhD Graduate Assistant
Joe Dello Russo is a Doctoral student at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences advised by Dr. Walt Golet of the Pelagic Fisheries Lab at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). Joe received his BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he focused on distribution shifts of marine species due to climate change and angler responses to depredation events.
After graduation, Joe worked in a diverse set of sectors to build a wide toolbox for approaching fisheries research. Some of this work found Joe down in the Florida Keys tagging Great Hammerhead sharks, in Massachusetts streams chasing sea-run brook trout, and in Downeast Maine assessing Atlantic salmon populations.
Joe’s dissertation work will be focusing on spatiotemporal distributions of yellowfin tuna and behavior change in relation to capture and predation. Joe will also evaluate post-release mortality of commercial-sized Atlantic bluefin tuna off New England.
In his spare time Joe enjoys being outside as much as possible fly fishing, hiking, canoeing, and cooking the wild foods he comes across.