Select Pubs

  • Essington 2010. Ecological indicators display reduced variation in North American catch share Fisheries. Proc. Nat. Ac. Sci. 107: 754-759.
  • Hunsicker et al. in press: The contribution of cephalopods to global marine fisheries: can we have our squid and eat them too? Fish and Fisheries
  • Essington, T. E., A. H. Beaudreau, and J. Wiedenmann. 2006. Fishing through marine food webs. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 103:3171-3175.

Prospective graduate students can learn more about availability and policies on my Prospective Graduate Students webpage.

My research focuses on food web interactions involving fish in marine, estuarine, and freshwater habitats. Work in my lab continues to be conducted in a wide range of marine ecosystems: from high seas pelagic systems to the inland seas of Puget Sound. Common to all is a primary consideration for the role of fisheries and other anthropogenic effects as a major structuring process. We therefore also look at links between fishery governance (e.g. rights-based fishing) and ecological conditions, and attempt to understand the potential conflicts between fisheries targeting species that occupy distinct positions in food webs.

Because ecological phenomona are highly scale dependent and because large-scale experimentation is logistically impossible, tackling these questions requires the use of novel analytical tools. As a result work in my lab tends to be quantitative, involving modeling and statistical analysis of complex data sets. We also conduct our own field work and other data collection operations, particularly here in Puget Sound where we are working to understand the structure of the food web, how it varies in time and space and how it is impacted by climate change and other anthropogenic influences, such as hypoxia. I am also a principal scientist with the Climate Impacts Group; in this capacity, I lead work that aims to better understand the consequences of climate change on regional fishery ecosystems.