Abigail Lynch, Ph.D.

Abigail (Abby) Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Abby conducts science and science synthesis to address impacts of global change on inland and anadromous fishes to inform adaptive management and sustainable use.


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.  Her work comprises three main research themes on fisheries and global change:

  1. Effects of global change on anadromous and inland U.S. fish species;
  2. Effects of drought on ecosystems; and,
  3. Integration of climate change science with more traditional conservation assessment to identify approaches for prioritizing conservation action (e.g., protection, restoration, adaptation) specific to fish and wildlife species.

She also served as a fellow and author for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Global Assessment; and currently is an adjunct/affiliate faculty member at Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and North Carolina State University; on the executive committee for the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society; and as coordinator for the international 'InFish' research network.

Projects include:

Recent publications include:

Lynch, A. J., D. M. Bartley, T. D. Beard, Jr., I. G. Cowx, S. Funge-Smith, W. W. Taylor, S. J. Cooke. 2019. Examining progress toward achieving the Ten Steps of the Rome Declaration on Responsible Inland Fisheries. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12410.

Tingley III, R. W., C. P. Paukert, G. G. Sass, P. C. Jacobson, G. J. A. Hansen, A. J. Lynch, P. D. Shannon. 2019. Adapting to climate change: guidance for the management of inland glacial lake fisheries. Lake and Reservoir Management. DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2019.1678535.

Lynch, A. J., L. J. Baumgartner, C. A. Boys, J. Conallin, I. G. Cowx, C. M. Finlayson, P. A. Franklin, Z. Hogan, J. D. Koehn, M. P. McCartney, G. O’Brien, K. Phouthavong, L. G. M. Silva, C. A. Tob, J. Valbo-Jørgensen, A. V. Vu, L. Whiting, A. Wibowo, P. Duncan. 2019. Speaking the same language: Using the Sustainable Development Goals to talk inland fish into irrigation decisions. Marine and Freshwater Research. 70:1211-1228.

Baumgartner, L., D. Deng, N. Ning, J. Conallin, A. J. Lynch. 2019. Irrigation, fisheries and Sustainable Development Goals: the importance of working collaboratively to end world hunger and malnutrition. Marine and Freshwater Research. 70:i-iii.

Kovach, R., J. Dunham, R. Al-Chokhachy, C. Snyder, B. Letcher, J. Young, E. Beever, G. Pederson, A. J. Lynch, N. Hitt, C. Konrad, K. Jaeger, A. Rea, A. Sepulveda, P. Lambert, J. Stoker, J. Giersch, C. Muhlfeld.  2019. An integrated framework for ecological drought across riverscapes of North America. Bioscience. 69(6):418-431. 

Phang, S. C., M. Cooperman, A. J. Lynch, E. A. Steel, V. Elliott, K. J. Murchie, S. J. Cooke, S. Dowd, I. G. Cowx. 2019. Fishing for conservation of freshwater tropical fish in the Anthropocene. Aquatic Conservation. 29:1039-1051.

Clilverd, H. M., Y.-P. Tsang, D. M. Infante, A. J. Lynch, A. M. Strauch. 2019. Impacts of climate change on the natural flow regime and freshwater habitat of Hawai‘i streams. Hydrological Processes. 33:699-719.

Basher, Z., A. J. Lynch, W. W. Taylor. 2018. New global high-resolution river centerlines of large rivers systems. Data in Brief. 20: 1552-1555. 

Carter, S. L., A. J. Lynch, B. J. E. Myers, M. A. Rubenstein, L. M. Thompson. 2018. Hypotheses from Recent Assessments of Climate Impacts to Biodiversity and Ecosystems in the United States. Pg. 355-390 in Handbook of Climate Change and Biodiversity, W. Leal Filho, J. Barbir, R. Preziosi, eds., Springer International, Basel, Switzerland.

Lim, M., A.J. Lynch, Á. Fernández-Llamazares, L. Balint, Z. Basher, I. Chan, P. Jaureguiberry, A.A.A. Mohamed, T.H. Mwampamba, I. Palomo, P. Pliscoff, R.A. Salimov, A. Samakov, O. Selomane, U.B. Shrestha, A.A. Sidorovich. 2018. Early-career experts essential for planetary sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 29:151-157. 

Lynch, A.J., I.G. Cowx, E. Fluet-Chouinard, S.M. Glaser, S.C. Phang, T.D. Beard, Jr., S.D. Bower, J.L. Brooks, D.B. Bunnell, J.E. Claussen, S.J. Cooke, Y.-C. Kao, K. Lorenzen, B.J.E. Myers, A.J. Reid, J.J. Taylor, and S. Youn. 2017. Inland fisheries - invisible but integral to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for ending poverty by 2030. Global Environmental Change. 47: 167-173.

Romulo, C.L., Z. Basher, A.J. Lynch, Y.-C.Kao, W.W. Taylor. 2017. Assessing fisheries impact on river fish: A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence. 6:29.

Lynch, A.J., R.G. Asch, W.W.L. Cheung, C.P. Paukert, R.R. Rykaczewski, W.H.H. Sauer. 2017. Impacts of climate change on marine and inland fishes and fisheries: looking back and moving forward. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 27(2):293-296.

Myers, B. J. E., A. J. Lynch, D. B. Bunnell, C. Chu, J. A. Falke, R. P. Kovach, T. J. Krabbenhoft, T. J. Kwak,  C. P. Paukert. 2017. Global synthesis of the projected and documented effects of climate change on inland fishes. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.27(2):339-361. 

Paukert, C. P., A. J. Lynch, T. D. Beard, Jr., Y. Chen, S. J. Cooke, M. S. Cooperman, I. G. Cowx, L. Ibengwe, D. M. Infante, B. J. E. Myers, P. H. Nguyen, I. J. Winfield. 2017. Designing a global assessment of climate change on inland fish and fisheries: knowns and needs. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 27(2):393-409.

Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, K. M. Schlee, D. M. Infante, T. D. Beard, Jr., A. J. Lynch. 2017. Comparing stream-specific to generalized temperature models to guide salmonid management in a changing climate. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 27(2):443-462. 

Lynch, A. J., S. J. Cooke, T. D. Beard, Jr., Y.-C. Kao, K. Lorenzen, A. M. Song, M. S. Allen, Z. Basher, D. B. Bunnell, E. V. Camp, I. G. Cowx, J. A. Freedman, V. M. Nguyen, J. K. Nohner, M. W. Rogers, Z. A. Siders, W. W. Taylor, S. Youn. 2017. Grand challenges in the management and conservation of North American inland fish and fisheries. Fisheries. 42(2):115-124.

Lynch, A. J. and J. R. MacMillan. 2017. The role of fish in a globally changing food system. Monograph 60 in Agroclimatology: Linking Agriculture to Climate, J. L. Hatfield, M. Sivakumar, and J. H. Prueger, eds., ACSESS Books: Madison, WI.  doi:10.2134/agronmonogr60.2014.0059.

Peoples, B. K., S. R. Midway, D. K. Sackett, A. J. Lynch, P. B. Cooney. Twitter predicts citation rates of ecological research. 2016. PLoS ONE. 11(11):e0166570.

Lynch, A. J., W. W. Taylor, A. M. McCright. 2016. Stakeholder views of management and decision support tools to integrate climate change into Great Lakes Lake Whitefish management. Fisheries. 41(11):644-652.

Cooke, S. J., E. H. Allison, T. D. Beard, Jr., R. Arlinghaus, A. H. Arthington, D. M. Bartley, I. G. Cowx, C. Fuentevilla, N. J. Leonard, A. J. Lynch, V. M. Nguyen, S. Youn, W. W. Taylor, R. L. Welcomme. 2016. On the sustainability of inland fisheries: Finding a future for the forgotten. Ambio. 45:753.

Nguyen, V. M., A. J. Lynch, N. Young, I. G. Cowx, T. D. Beard, Jr., W. W. Taylor, S. J. Cooke. 2016. To manage inland fisheries is to manage at the social-ecological watershed scale. Journal of Environmental Management. 181:312-325.

Whitney, J. E., R. Al-Chokhachy, D. Bunnell, C. Caldwell, S. J. Cooke, E. Eliason, M. Rogers, A. J. Lynch, C. P. Paukert. 2016. Physiological basis of climate change impacts on North American inland fish. Fisheries. 41(7):332-345.

Lynch, A. J., B. J. E. Myers, C. Chu, L. A. Eby,  J. A. Falke, R. P. Kovach, T. J. Krabbenhoft, T. J. Kwak,  J. Lyons, C. P. Paukert, J. E. Whitney. 2016. Climate change effects on North American inland fish populations and assemblages. Fisheries. 41(7):346-361.

Hunt, L. A., E. P. Fenichel, D. C. Fulton, R. Mendelsohn, J. W. Smith, T. D. Tunney, A. J. Lynch, C. P. Paukert, J. E. Whitney. 2016. Identifying multiple pathways for climate change to impact inland recreational fishers. Fisheries. 41(7):362-372. 

Paukert, C. P., B. A. Glazer, G. J. A. Hansen, B. J. Irwin, P. C. Jacobson, J. L. Kershner, B. J. Shuter, J. E. Whitney, A. J. Lynch. 2016. Adapting inland fisheries management to a changing climate. Fisheries. 41(7):374-384.

Lynch, A. J., S. J. Cooke, A. Deines, S. Bower, D. B, Bunnell, I. G. Cowx, V. M. Nguyen, J. Nonher, K. Phouthavong, B. Riley, M. W. Rogers, W. W. Taylor, W.M. Woelmer, S. Youn, T. D. Beard, Jr. 2016. The social, economic, and ecological importance of inland fishes and fisheries. Environmental Reviews. 24:1-8.