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Abigail J. Lynch, Ph.D.

Abigail (Abby) J. Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist with the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center. Abby conducts science and science syntheses 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 to help fishers, managers, and other practitioners adapt to change.

Abby is adjunct/affiliate faculty at Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, and the University of Missouri.

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

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.


Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

  • M.S. in Marine Science, College of William & Mary

  • B.S. in Biology, University of Virginia

  • B.A. in English, University of Virginia

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group; IUCN Fisheries Expert Group

  • IPBES Global and Nexus Assessments (Fellow, Author)

  • 2024 World Fisheries Congress International Program Committee (Co-chair)

  • UN International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (International Steering Committee)

  • FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability (Advisory Board Member)

  • American Fisheries Society International Fisheries Section (Past-President)

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Michigan State University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government