Abigail Lynch, Ph.D.

Abigail (Abby) Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.  Working primarily in inland systems, Abby's research examines the impacts of global change on fish at local, national, and global scales using field-collected and remotely-sensed data.


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.

Projects include:

Recent publications include:

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.

Lynch, A. J., E. Varela-Acevedo, and W. W. Taylor. 2015. Decision-Support Tools for a Changing Climate: Application to Inland Fisheries Management. Journal of Fisheries Management and Ecology. 22(1):14-24.

Lynch, A. J., W. W. Taylor, T. D. Beard, and B. M. Lofgren. 2015. Projected changes in Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) recruitment with climate change in the 1836 Treaty Waters of Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 41(2):415-422.

Cooke, S.J., R. Arlinghaus, D. M. Bartley, T.D. Beard, I.G. Cowx, T.E. Essington, O.P. Jensen, A. Lynch, W.W. Taylor, and R. Watson. 2014. Where the waters meet: Sharing ideas and experiences between inland and marine realms to promote sustainable fisheries management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 71(10):1593-1601.

Taylor, W. W., A. J. Lynch, and N. J. Leonard, eds. 2014. Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals. AFS Press: Bethesda, MD. 506 pp. 

Youn, S.-J., W.W. Taylor, A. J. Lynch, I. G. Cowx, T. D. Beard, D. M. Bartley, F. Wu. 2014. The importance of inland capture fisheries to global food securityGlobal Food Security. 3(3-4):142-148.

Taylor, W. W., A. J. Lynch, and N. J. Leonard, eds. 2013. Great Lakes Fisheries Policy and Management: A Binational Perspective (Second Edition). MSU Press: East Lansing, MI. 865 pp.