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Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability


Vision

The Rutgers Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability is a globally recognized source for science that addresses the challenges of managing fisheries and aquaculture as well as conserving biodiversity in our rapidly changing environment.

Our Mission

The Rutgers Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability expands the reach and visibility of fisheries and aquaculture research at Rutgers through 1) active collaboration with allies in industry, government, and conservation NGOs, 2) a vibrant education program centered around graduate programs in Oceanography and Ecology & Evolution, and 3) the innovative undergraduate minor in Fisheries Science. The center hosts a distinguished speaker series to bring top researchers to Rutgers for a seminar and meetings with students and faculty, provides graduate student conference travel funding, and hosts an annual Academic-Industry conference to enhance research partnerships between Rutgers and New Jersey’s commercial and recreational fishing industry.


Name

Research Interests

Department

Olaf Jensen, Director

Fisheries science, stock assessment, and aquatic (marine & freshwater) ecology
Website

DMCS/DEENR


Kenneth Able

Life history and ecology of fishes with emphasis on habitat quality as it relates to recruitment
Website

DMCS/RUMFS


Eleanor Bochenek

Fisheries and marine resource management with emphasis in gear technology, bycatch, discards, mortality, socioeconomics, and habitat degradation as well as fisheries management issues and policies
Website

DMCS/HSRL


David Bushek

Host-parasite interactions in bivalve molluscs and understanding the ecological impact of bivalves, particularly the eastern oyster, at the population, community and ecosystem levels
Website

DMCS/HSRL


Lisa Calvo

Outreach and education through a community-based oyster restoration project—Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools
Website

DMCS/HSRL


Enrique Curchitser

Ocean circulation and its role in the climate system, dynamics of circulation, physical-biological interactions, coupled Earth System Models, and multi-scale climate dynamics and numerical modeling
Website

DES


Michael De Luca

Development, growth, and prosperity of aquaculture in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region, capitalizing on environmental sampling and sensing networks to inform coastal management, and enriching K-12 science education
Website

DMCS/NJAES/NJAIC


Ximing Guo

Genetics, genomics, and breeding of marine molluscs
Website

DMCS/HSRL


Thomas (Motz) Grothues

Mechanisms of establishment and maintenance of fish populations, including larval recruitment dynamics, dispersion, physiological ecology, invasion biology, and migration biology
Website

DMCS/RUMFS


Holly Kindsvater

Evolutionary ecology, conservation, marine ecology, and fisheries
Website

DEENR


Josh Kohut

Applying ocean observing technologies that sample across time and space to better understand the physical ocean that structures marine ecosystems
Website

DMCS


Julie Lockwood

Wildlife conservation, invasive species
Website

DEENR


Bonnie McCay (emerita)

Challenges and policies for managing common pool resources such as fish and shellfish, with particular attention to intersections of ecology, community, and social institutions of science
Website

Human Ecology


Jason Morson

Population dynamics, stock assessment, and fisheries management
Website

DMCS/HSRL


Daphne Munroe

Spatial and temporal patterns of larval settlement in coastal and marine ecosystems and their influence on invertebrate populations using a combination of computer modeling, field-based research, and laboratory experiments
Website

DMCS/HSRL


Malin Pinsky

Marine ecology, molecular ecology, and biogeography
Website

DEENR/DMCS


Grace Saba

Coastal marine organismal ecology and physiology, with emphasis on how organisms interact with their environment and other organisms, how physiological processes impact biogeochemistry, and how climate change impacts these processes
Website

DMCS


Kevin St. Martin

Development and institutionalization of economic and environmental discourse
Website

Geography


John Wiedenmann

Marine population and ecosystem dynamics, fisheries management, and foraging behavior of marine mammals
Website

DEENR


Douglas Zemeckis

Informing the assessment and management of fishery resources using field-based surveys or tagging studies to investigate fish population structure, seasonal movements, discard mortality, or spawning dynamics
Website

NJAES