Abigail J. Lynch grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in biology and B.A. in English in 2005.  She received her M.S. in marine science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary in 2009 for her thesis research entitled: A molecular analysis of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) stock structure.  Abby was then awarded a one year John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Division headquarters office.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with a dual major in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, a doctoral specialization in Environmental Science and Policy, and a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources certificate in college teaching.  

Abby's dissertation research focus is developing a decision-support tool to regulate harvest management strategies for lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in a changing climate.  Lake whitefish support the most economically valuable commercial fishery in the upper Great Lakes and are a sentinel species in the cold water fish community.  In addition to ecological impacts, climate change will significantly affect these fisheries.

Since arriving at MSU, Abby has four peer reviewed papers, three guest columns, one book chapter, two co-edited books (with another in prep.), and six outreach articles; she has presented at five national conferences and four international conferences; and she has received numerous awards that recognize her excellence in science and policy.


The Four Fs of Fish

Fish are valuable for a lot of reasons; but, in the 30 seconds I spent with that immigrations officer, I could have boiled it down to the four “Fs” of fish...read more >>


Global Food Security

The First Global Food Security Conference was held in The Netherlands...read more >>


AFS Best Student Paper

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) recognizes students for excellence in the communication of fisheries research to the general public...read more >>


J Frances Allen Scholarship

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) awards CSIS doctoral student Abigail Lynch scholarship to promote females in fisheries...read more >>


Grad School promo video

CSIS doctoral student Abigail Lynch is featured in a video promo for the Graduate School...read more >>