Jonathan Grabowski

Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering



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Research Focus

environmental science and policy, fisheries, ecological economics


Prof. Grabowski’s research interests span issues in ecology, fisheries and conservation biology, and ecological economics. Prof. Grabowski’s lab has used a variety of estuarine (oyster reef, seagrass, salt marsh, mud bottom) and marine (kelp bed, cobble-ledge) systems to examine how resource availability, habitat heterogeneity and predation risk affect population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystem functioning. Much of this work focuses on economically important species such as lobsters, cod, herring, monkfish, and oyster reef and seagrass communities, and consequently is relevant for fisheries and ecosystem management. Prof. Grabowski’s lab also focuses on how habitat degradation and restoration influence benthic community structure, population structure, and the transfer of energy to higher trophic levels. In addition, Prof. Grabowski is interested in how management initiatives such as closed areas, fishing gear modifications, and fishing effort reductions impact local habitat recovery, fisheries productivity, and the balance of resident and migratory life-history strategies for species such as cod. Finally, Grabowski’s lab is also examining a number of other important topics aimed at enhancing our ability to restore and conserve aquatic species and ecosystems: fish migratory behavior, population structure, and age validation; the economic value of ecosystem services associated with coastal habitats; seafloor habitat mapping and its role in ecosystem management; and the influence of climate change and biogeography on species range shifts, ecological interactions, and ecosystem functions.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ecology
  • B.S., Duke University, Biology & Economics

Honors & Awards

  • Antarctic Service Award, National Science Foundation
  • Stifel Faculty Fellow, Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University

Research Overview

environmental science and policy, fisheries, ecological economics

Selected Research Projects

  • Addressing Constraints to Shellfish Aquaculture Through Quantifying Public Perceptions and Attitudes Along the Atlantic Coast of The U.S.
    Principal Investigator, NOAA National Sea Grant
  • Aligning Coastal Restoration with Ecological and Societal Needs
    Principal Investigator, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
  • The Northern Range Expansion of Black Sea Bass: Understanding Population Dynamics and Socioeconomic Impacts of a Rapid Distribution Shift
    Principal Investigator, NOAA S-K Program

Selected Publications

  • J.H Grabowski, T.C. Gouhier, J.E. Byers, L.F. Dodd, A.R. Hughes, M.F. Piehler, D.L. Kimbro, Regional Environmental Variation and Local Species Interactions Influence Biogeographic Structure on Oyster Reefs, Ecology, 101, 2020, e02921
  • S.B. Scyphers, S. Picou, J.H. Grabowski, Chronic Social Disruption Following a Systemic Fishery Failure, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 2019, 22912–22914
  • M.D. McMahan, J.H. Grabowski, Nonconsumptive Effects of a Range Expanding Predator on Juvenile Lobster (Homarus Americanus) Population Dynamics, Ecosphere, 10, 2019, e02867
  • J.H. Grabowski, C.W. Conroy, R. Gittman, J.T. Kelley, S. Sherman, G.D. Sherwood, G. Wippelhauser, Habitat Associations of Juvenile Cod in Nearshore Waters, Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, 26, 2018, 1-14
  • R. Murphy, S. Scyphers, J.H. Grabowski, Perceptions Outweigh Knowledge in Predicting Support for Management Strategies in the Recreational Striped Bass (Morone Saxatilis) Fishery, Marine Policy, 97, 2018, 44-50


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