Abigail J. Lynch, Ph.D.

Abigail (Abby) J. Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Abby conducts science and science synthesis on the impacts of global change to inland fishes at local, national, and global scales.  Her work aims to inform conservation and sustainable use and assist fishers, managers, and other practitioners adapt to change.


Abby is adjunct/affiliate faculty at Michigan State UniversityNew Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, and University of Florida

She serves as the coordinator for the international 'InFish' research network, a steward for the Fish and Climate Change Database (FiCli), and Fisheries Management and Ecology Associate Editor, North America. 

Abby is also a member of the IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, the International Steering Committee for the UN International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022, and the 2021 World Fisheries Congress International Program Committee. 

She recently served as a fellow and author for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Global Assessment, an Advisory Board member and speaker for the FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability, and is a Past-President of the American Fisheries Society International Fisheries Section.

Abby received her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University on climate impacts to Great Lakes Lake Whitefish, M.S. in marine science on Atlantic Menhaden population genetics at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, and B.S. in biology and B.A. in English literature from the University of Virginia.  She also served as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Fisheries Program.

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