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Maine Native Dr. Malin Pinsky to Discuss Fisheries Collapse at UMM

Added on: September 22, 2011

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will host Dr. Malin Pinsky for a talk titled “Insights Into the Causes and Consequences of Global Fisheries Collapse” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. The talk will be held in room 102 of the Science Building.

Among other publications in conservation biology, genetics, and evolution, Dr. Pinsky was the lead author on a recent 2011 study in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), titled “Unexpected Patterns of Fisheries Collapse in the World’s Oceans.”

During his talk at UMM, Dr. Pinsky will discuss the patterns that relate to the collapse of individual fisheries. By analyzing multiple industrialized fisheries, he and his coauthors found that collapse has been just as prevalent among smaller species in lower trophic levels, or feeding levels in a food web, versus upper-level predators. He will also discuss the food web and genetic implications of fisheries collapse, and relate them to the conservation and sustainability of these natural resources and the species that depend upon them.

Dr. Pinsky is a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Princeton University. His research aims to understand how exploitation and global change impact the abundance and distribution of marine populations and the ecosystem services we derive from them. He pairs meta-analysis of global data, largely on marine fishes, with more detailed local research, primarily on clownfish and pinnipeds, to better understand how local population dynamics scale up to global patterns. A strong motivation for this research is the search for more effective marine conservation strategies, and Dr. Pinsky partners with The Nature Conservancy, NOAA Fisheries, and local conservation groups in the Philippines to pursue this goal.

He grew up in Maine and holds a doctorate in biology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Williams College.

The October 6th talk at UMM is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Doug McNaught, assistant professor of marine biology, at 255-1206.


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