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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michelle Staudinger

Science Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

Research Interests

  • Aquatic and marine species vulnerability and adaptive capacity
  • Phenology
  • Adaptation and conservation strategies


M.S.: Marine and Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University, 2004
Certificate of Graduate Study in Conservation Biology, Columbia University, 2000
B.S.: Marine Biology; Environmental Science, Boston University, 1997
Ph.D.: Marine Science and Technology; Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010


National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Early Career Climate Forum
ECO Department at UMass Amherst


Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, and Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Reston, VA. 2011-2013.
Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC. 2010-2011.
Consultant, Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hanlon, Marine Biological Laboratory, Marine Resources Center, Woods Hole, MA. 2009-present.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC. 2011-present.


Final Report: A Novel Monitoring Framework to Assess Intertidal Biodiversity in Mixed Coarse Substrate Habitats Across the Boston Harbor IslandsVariation in isotopic niche partitioning between adult roseate and common terns in the Northwest AtlanticDecadal‐scale phenology and seasonal climate drivers of migratory baleen whales in a rapidly warming marine ecosystem
Phenological Variation in Spring Migration Timing of Adult Alewife in Coastal MassachusettsPre-breeding foraging ecology of three tern species nesting in the Gulf of MaineDaily Patterns of River Herring (Alosa spp.) Spawning Migrations: Environmental Drivers and Variation among Coastal Streams in MassachusettsHow Does Climate Change Affect Emergent Properties of Aquatic Ecosystems?Daily Patterns of River Herring Spawning Migrations: Environmental Drivers and Variation among Coastal Streams in MassachusettsInterspecific and Local Variation in Tern Chick Diets Across Nesting Colonies in the Gulf of MaineFinal Report: How and why is the timing and occurrence of seasonal migrants in the Gulf of Maine changing due to climate?The role of sand lances (Ammodytes sp.) in the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem: A synthesis of current knowledge with implications for conservation and managementEarly Career Climate ForumThreshold Table for Coastal Species and HabitatsCoastal Resilience Resource ListEcological and Management Implications of Climate Change Induced Shifts in Phenology of Coastal Fish and Wildlife Species in the NE CASC RegionFinal Report -Early Career Climate Communications and NetworkingIt\textquoterights about time: A synthesis of changing phenology in the Gulf of Maine ecosystemFinal Report: Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast CASC regionA review of literature for gray and harbor sealsChapter 7 : Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume IIA REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF LONG-TERM GRAY AND HARBOR SEAL STRANDING EVENTSA review of coastal management approaches to support the integration of ecological and human community planning for climate changeFinal Report for Critical Thresholds and Ecosystem Services for Coastal Ecological and Human Climate AdaptationThe role of sand lance in the Northwest Atlantic ecosystemA synthesis of thresholds for focal species along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A review of research and applicationsTambora and the mackerel year: Phenology and fisheries during an extreme climate eventClimate change impacts on ecosystems and ecosystem services in the United States: process and prospects for sustained assessmentImproving Conservation Outcomes with a New Paradigm for Understanding Species\textquoteright Fundamental and Realized Adaptive CapacityIntegrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action PlansOpen-File Report: Summarizing components of U.S. Department of the Interior vulnerability assessments to focus climate adaptation planningTrophic niche overlap among dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) and co-occurring tunas at the northern edge of their range in the western North Atlantic OceanMassachusetts Wildlife Climate Action ToolAtlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) feeding ecology in the northern Gulf of Mexico: a preliminary description of diet from the western Atlantic spawning groundsForaging ecology and niche overlap in pygmy ( Kogia breviceps) and dwarf (Kogia sima) sperm whales from waters of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coastTrophic influences on mercury accumulation in top pelagic predators from offshore New England waters of the northwest Atlantic OceanBiodiversity in a changing climate: a synthesis of current and projected trends in the USClimate-change impacts on ecological systems: introduction to a US assessmentThe distribution, diversity, and importance of cephalopods in top predator diets from offshore habitats of the Northwest Atlantic OceanDoryteuthis pealeii, Longfin inshore squid.Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment.Species- and size-specific variability of mercury concentrations in four commercially important finfish and their prey from the northwest Atlantic
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