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Janet Nye

jnyeAssistant Professor

Ph.D., 2008 University of Maryland

Fish ecology, climate variability, global environmental change, ecosystem-based management

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Research Interests

As a quantitative fisheries ecologist, I use mathematical and statistical methods to study fish populations and coastal ecosystems. Although I have conducted research on a variety of issues in fisheries ecology, my current research is focused on how climate variability and anthropogenic climate change affects marine ecosystems and fisheries. My past research examined shifts in spatial distribution of fish in response to warming water temperatures and fishing. My current research seeks to understand how large scale climate variability (like the NAO and AMO) translates to more local oceanographic processes and how those processes influence North Atlantic ecosystems. Naturally, the study of how historic climate variability has affected ecosystems sparked my interest in how future climate change may affect ecosystems. I work with climate scientists using global climate models to project changes in abundance and distribution of living marine resources. Although my current research focuses on climate variability and change, an important emphasis of my work is to look holistically at the many drivers of environmental change such that my research can be used to inform ecosystem-based management.

Selected Publications

Nye, J.A., A. Kenny, K. Kilbourne, K.S. Van Houtan, M. Stachura, M. Baker, R. Bell, E. Martino, and R. Wood. Ecosystem effects of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. (Special Edition of Journal of Marine Science on the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation)

Nye, J.A., R. Gamble, and J.S. Link. Relative impact of warming and removing top predators on the Northeast US large marine ecosystem. (in press, Ecological Modelling).

Fogarty, M.J. and 13 others. 2012 Status of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: An Indicator-Based Approach (In: Advancing an Ecosystem Approach in the Gulf of Maine. American Fisheries Society Symposium 79)

Hare, J., J. Manderson, J. A. Nye, M. Alexander, P. Auster, D. Borggaard, A. Capatondi, K. Damon-Randall, E. Huepel, I. Mateo, L. O’Brien, D. Richardson, C. Stock, S. T. Biegel. 2012. Cusk (Brosme brosme) and climate change: assessing the threat to a data poor candidate species under the Endangered Species Act. ICES Journal of Marine Science 69(10): 1753-1768.

Shackell, N., A. Bundy, J.A. Nye, and J.S. Link. 2012. Coherent responses to climate and fishing across large marine ecosystems of the Northwest Atlantic ICES Journal of Marine Science 69(2): 151-162.

Nye, J.A. T.M. Joyce, Y. Kwon, and J.S. Link. 2011. Silver hake tracks changes in Northwest Atlantic circulation. Nature communications2: 412 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1420

Nye, J.A.., D. Loewensteiner, and T.J. Miller 2011. Annual, seasonal and regional variability in the diet of Atlantic croaker Micropogonias undulatus in Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries and Coasts 34: 691-700.

Link, J.S., J.A. Nye, and J.A. Hare. 2010. Identifying and managing fish with changing stock structure. Fish and Fisheries 12(4): 461-469.

Lucey, S. and J.A. Nye. 2010. Changes in community structure within the Northeast US continental shelf ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series 415: 23-33

Moustahfid, H., M.C. Tyrell, J.S. Link, J.A. Nye, B.E. Smith, and R.J. Gamble. 2010. Functional feeding responses of piscivorous fishes from the northeast US continental shelf Oecologia 163 (4): 1059-1067.

Nye, J.A., A. Bundy, N. Shackell, K.D. Friedland, and J.S. Link. 2010. Synchrony in the abundance trends of major commercial and ecologically important fishes in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67(1): 26-40.

Nye, J.A., J.S. Link, J.A. Hare, and W.J. Overholtz. 2009. Changing spatial distribution of fish stocks in relation to climate and population size on the Northeast US continental shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series 393:111-129

Nye, J.A., T.E. Helser, and T.E. Targett. 2008. Reproductive characteristics of weakfish in Delaware Bay: implications for management.North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28(1): 1-11.

Nye, J.A., D.D. Davis, and T.J. Miller. 2007. The effect of maternal exposure to contaminated sediment on the growth and condition of larval Fundulus heteroclitus. Aquatic Toxicology 82: 242-250.

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