Coastal Conversations 11/27/20: Lobster Research in a Changing Environment

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Introducing a new major lobster research program, the American Lobster Initiative, that seeks to answer important questions about lobster biology and ecology.
How do changes occurring in the marine environment, such as the warming Gulf of Maine, affect lobster reproduction and population?
How do environmental changes affect larval transport, predation, and settlement?
The importance of the lobster industry to our coastal economy is well known. How does this type of research help us plan for the future?

Alex Ascher, a PhD student in Marine Biology at the University of Maine
Andrew Goode, a PhD candidate in Oceanography at the University of Maine
Ben Gutzler, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Amalia Harrington, a Marine Extension Associate with Maine Sea Grant, and Regional Lobster Extension Coordinator

About the host:
Natalie Springuel has hosted Coastal Conversation’s since 2015, with support from the University of Maine Sea Grant where she has served as a marine extension associate for 20 years. In 2019, Springuel received an award for Public Affairs programming from the Maine Association of Broadcasters for the Coastal Conversations show called “Portland’s Working Waterfront.” Springuel is passionate about translating science, sharing stories, and offering a platform for multiple voices to weigh in on complex coastal and ocean issues. She has recently enrolled in audio production training at Maine Media Workshop to dive deeper into making great community radio.