Northeast Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment: Our Research

Using open science principles, we integrate information on biological, climate, oceanographic, and human-related activities to evaluate the effects on ecosystem structure and function.

Diagram showing a fishery ecosystem from the base of the food web to fish to humans.

Representation of a fishery ecosystem from the base of the food web (phytoplankton and zooplankton) to humans.

Our Major Research Areas

Ecosystem icon linked to EBFM content Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management

Managing resources to reflect the relationships among all ecosystem components, including human and nonhuman species and the environments in which they live.

Climate icon linked to Climate Change content Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries

There are various components that contribute to climate change and variability in the U.S. Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.

Population Status icon linked to multispecies and ecosystem content Multispecies and Ecosystem Modeling

Development of multispecies and ecosystem models has an extensive history at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in consultation with regional management councils.

Habitat icon linked to modeling content Habitat Modeling

Species on the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf have been shifting over time, possibly as a result of a combination of factors. These shifts are visible in movies of the distribution of key species.

Habitat icon linked to primary productivity and food web content Primary Productivity and Food Webs

How many organisms can live and grow in a given area depends on the amount of photosynthesis by plants at the base of the food web.


Our Primary Products

 
We produce several products including ecosystem reports, management strategy evaluations, and risks analyses that are used to inform fisheries management, as well as publications in the scientific literature.
  • Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
    Providing a framework that brings social and ecological science and management advice to managers in a manner that is useful under current governance structures while supporting the adoption of Ecosystem-Based Management.
  • State of the Ecosystem Reports
    Synthesizing available information relevant to fishery management in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
  • Ecosystem Status Reports
    Linking information across indicators to give an integrated overview of ecosystem status relevant to ecosystem management decisions.
  • Current Conditions
    Providing a semiannual review of the physical and biological status of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Ecosystem
  • Ecosystem Context for Stock Assessments
    Providing contextual ecosystem information for stocks found on the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf.

Last updated by Northeast Fisheries Science Center on September 26, 2019