Gareth Lawson, Ph.D.

Marine science, ocean conservation CLF Massachusetts

I joined CLF to tackle the difficult problems facing New England’s marine environment. CLF is a great place for me to transition from the scientific study of marine issues to working on practical solutions. I feel that my scientific expertise is both valuable and valued, and I thrive on being part of a team of smart, committed people working on a common mission. 

Gareth Lawson, Ph.D., is a marine scientist joining CLF as the organization’s first Senior Science Fellow. He comes to CLF from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he and his lab researched fisheries, ecosystem dynamics, and climate change, as well as advanced technologies for sampling and tracking zooplankton and fish. His research has ranged from the Antarctic to the far offshore waters of the North Pacific, focused primarily on local waters of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Gareth earned a B.Sc. from McGill University, M.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography.

Recent Posts

Give Atlantic Cod a Break: The Role of Climate Change
This is part three of a three-part series on the current state of Atlantic cod in New England. Part three explores how a warming ocean is making problems caused by poor management worse. Read part one about the challenge of inaccurate data here and part two on decades of bad management here. The climate crisis…
The Science of Conserving the Canyons and Seamounts
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument holds a special place in my heart. This monument, designated by President Obama in 2016, protects crucial marine habitats for incredible species, from whales to corals, along the edge of the New England continental shelf. The monument encompasses four seamounts and three underwater canyons just 130 miles…


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