Mar 08, 2023 6:15 PM
Dr. Maya Groner, Sr Res Scientist, Bigelow Lab
Lobsters in a Pinch

American lobsters are an iconic species, forming one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States. The rapid collapse of lobster populations in the southern part of their range has been attributed to warming water and an emerging infectious disease called epizootic shell disease. This has raised concerns about the future of lobster in the Gulf of Maine, where seawater temperatures are rising more rapidly than in 99% of the oceans.

Dr. Maya Groner is a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. She is researching the interactions between warming seawater temperatures, the timing of the lobster molt, and disease in southern New England and using these data to understand disease risk for lobster in the Gulf of Maine.