The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) is an association of institutions that are actively involved in research, management and stewardship activities related to the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine is accepting abstracts for the

RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

To be held on December 2nd, 2022.
We are changing things up a bit for 2022

Instead of a multiday, multi-theme session like we have had in recent years, our meeting this year will be a single day meeting with a morning session of keynote talks on “key” topics for the Gulf of Maine, and an afternoon session focused on undergraduate and graduate Gulf of Maine student research.

This call for abstracts is for students working on aspects of the Gulf of Maine
Please fill out the Abstract Submission form here and email it to:


The abstract submission form is also available at

The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, November 9th

To register for this year’s event, click here.

RARGOM Annual Science Meeting
The Future of the Gulf of Maine
Wednesday through Friday, November 17-19th, 2021
Due to continuing concerns with COVID, we will conduct the meeting as a webinar.

RARGOM is excited to announce that Dr. Kristy Kroeker of UC-Santa Cruz will be discussing the present and future of species interactions in coastal to oceanic ecosystems. Dr. Betsy Reilley (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) and Stephanie Sykes (Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance) will be discussing the impact of Covid on science monitoring and fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. Dr. Jon Hare, Director of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, will address the RARGOM community on the development of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. Dr. Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University will be discussing the future of the American Lobster. Dr. David Townsend of the University of Maine will be our keynote speaker in Physical and Biological Drivers of Gulf of Maine Productivity session.


Register for the RARGOM Annual Science Meeting
November 17-19, 2021

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November 17th: 10am Noon

Theme: Physical and biological drivers of Gulf of Maine Productivity

Description: What is the impact of water column stratification, precipitation, and seasonal differences in temperature on Gulf of Maine productivity?

Convener: Dr. Damian C. Brady, University of Maine

Keynote: Dr. David Townsend, University of Maine

10:00 – 10:30    Keynote: Dr. David Townsend, University of Maine: ​​Importance of Water Mass Fluxes to the Gulf of Maine

10:30 – 10:45    Daniel L. Codiga, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority: Massachusetts Bay long-term trends: Temperature, stratification, oxygen, and wind and river flow events

10:45–11:00    Zhengchen (John) Zang, WHOI: Assessing interannual variability of spring phytoplankton bloom and its drivers in the Gulf of Maine using self-organizing map

11:00–11:15    Barney Balch, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: How is the Gulf of Maine changing? Twenty years of results from the Gulf of Maine North Atlantic Time Series, GNATS, between 1998-2018


November 17th: 1:30 3:30pm

Theme: Observing in the Gulf of Maine

Description: What are we looking at in the Gulf of Maine and what are we seeing, from social systems to plankton to temperature to sea level change.

Conveners: Jake Kritzer and Jackie Motyka, (Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems)

Keynote: Dr. Jeffrey Runge, University of Maine

1:30 – 1:35    Welcome and Introductions

1:35 – 1:45    Keynote: Dr. Jeffrey Runge, University of Maine: Shifting Biodiversity and Effects on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Maine: The Role of Calanus finmarchicus

1:45 – 1:50    Q&A

Panel: Meteorological & Physical Observing

1:50 – 1:55    John Cannon, National Weather Service: NWS Gray Use of NERACOOS Data, Products and Services

1:55 – 2:00    Lydia Pinard, University of New England: A Warming Gulf: What the Change in Heat Content of the Gulf of Maine Can Teach Us About Climate Change

2:00 – 2:05    Catherine Liberti, University of Maine: Biogeochemical and Physical Controls on Carbonate Cycling in a Northern Temperate Estuary

2:05 – 2:10    Doug Vandermark, University of New Hampshire: Origins of Intense 2017-18 Winter Mixing in the Eastern Gulf of Maine Investigated Using a Regional Data-Assimilative Model

2:10 – 2:15    Chris Hunt, University of New Hampshire: Surface Water Ocean Acidification Observations

2:15 – 2:25    Panel Q&A

Panel: Biological Observing I: Plankton & Benthos

2:20 – 2:25    Michael Brosnahan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: HABON-NE, a Prototype Node for a National HAB Sensor Network

2:25 – 2:30    Johnathan Evanilla, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Alexandrium catenella and Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) Dynamics in Coastal Maine

2:30 – 2:35    Melina Giakoumis, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York: Evidence of Distributional Shifts and Decline of North Atlantic Asterias Sea Stars

2:35 – 2:40    Peter Auster, Mystic Aquarium and University of Connecticut: Seafloor Habitats in the Gulf of Maine Region: A Missing Component in Our Observation Menu

2:40 – 2:50    Panel Q&A

Panel: Biological Observing II: Macrofauna

2:50 – 2:55    Jerelle Jesse, Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Understanding Climate Impacts on Community Structure in the Gulf of Maine

2:55 – 3:00    Heather Major, University of New Brunswick: Seabird Monitoring at Machias Seal Island, Trends Observed between 1995 – 2021

3:00 – 3:05    Tammy Silva, NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Exploring the Use of Seabirds as Dynamic Ocean Management Tools to Mitigate Entanglement Risk to Large Whales

3:05 – 3:10    Lisa Sette, Center for Coastal Studies: Green Algal Coats on the Pelage of Gray Seals (Halichoerus grypus atlantica) at Haul-outs in Southeastern Massachusetts, USA

3:10 – 3:20    Panel Q&A


3:20 – 3:25    Ethan Meyer, NERACOOS: Scientific Contributions of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System in the Northeast

3:25 – 3:30    Closing remarks


November 18th: 10am Noon

Theme: Species interactions in oceanic and coastal ecosystems

Description: What are the species interactions of importance and interest to Gulf of Maine habitats, including those in the pelagic, benthic, and intertidal zones?

Conveners: Dr. Jennifer Seavey (Shoals Marine Laboratory – UNH/Cornell) and Dr. Douglas  Rasher (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)

Keynote: Dr. Kristy Kroeker (University of California – Santa Cruz)

10:00 – 10:05    Welcome & Introductions, Jennifer Seavey (Shoals Marine Laboratory)

10:05 – 10:30    Keynote: Dr. Kristy Kroeker, UC–Santa Cruz: Ecological leverage points: Insights from ocean global change biology

10:30 – 10:45    Samantha Linhardt, Univ. of Connecticut: Predation interacts with recruitment to shape effects of an intertidal foundation species at multiple scales

10:45 – 11:00    Dr. Dana Morton, Colby College: How does species loss affect the GOM rocky intertidal food web and ecosystem function?

11:00 – 11:15    Dr. Jarrett Byrnes, Univ. of Massachusetts – Boston: Changes in subtidal Gulf of Maine food webs in a shifting climate

11:15 – 11:30    Dr. Jennifer Dijkstra, Univ. of New Hampshire: Shrinking forests: The effect of regime shifts in dominant macroalgae on Gulf of Maine food webs

11:30 – 11:59    Panel Discussion: Kroeker, Linhardt, Morton, Byrnes, and Dijkstra


November 18th: 1:30 – 3:30pm

Theme: Pandemic impacts on the Gulf of Maine 

Description: How has the pandemic changed the way we do business from the business of fishing and aquaculture to the business of science and monitoring?

Conveners: Carolina Bastidas, MIT Sea Grant, and Theresa Torrent, Maine Coastal Program/Dept of Marine Resources

Keynotes: Dr. Betsy Reilley, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority; and Stephanie Sykes, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance

1:30 – 1:35    Welcome & Introductions

1:35 – 2:00     Keynotes: Betsy Reilley: Pandemic impacts on Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s monitoring programs; and Stephanie Sykes: Direct seafood sales and creative markets in response to pandemic impacts

2:00 – 2:15    Carla Gunther, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries: Pandemic impacts to fishing practices, marketing, and coastal communities in eastern Maine

2:15 – 2:30    Harriet Booth, Woods Hole Sea Grant: Responding to COVID-19 impacts on the MA aquaculture and shellfishing Industry: shucked oyster market development and support for municipal shellfish propagation programs

2:30 – 2:40    Questions/Quick Break

2:45 – 2:55    Amanda Moeser, Lanes Island Shellfish: The direct and indirect effects of a global pandemic on U.S. fishers and seafood workers

2:55 – 3:05    Easton White, University of Vermont: Alternative data sources for understanding the effects of shock events on seafood in the Gulf of Maine 

3:05 – 3:30    Panel Discussion: Dana Morse, Ben Martens and Sebastian Belle: How fishing and aquaculture operators adjusted during the pandemic


November 19th: 10am Noon, followed by a poster session Noon 1pm

Theme: American lobster in a changing Gulf: causes and consequences of environmental change

Description: How does the American lobster respond to a changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem, and what are the biological, social, and economic impacts of this change on the resilience of the fishery?

Convener: Dr. Amalia Harrington, Maine Sea Grant and the American Lobster Research Program

Keynote: Dr. Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University

10:00 – 10:05    Dr. Amalia Harrington, Welcome & Introductions

10:05 – 10:20    Keynote – Dr. Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University:  Fishing and planning for species on the move

10:20 – 10:40    Andrew Goode (University of Maine), Joshua Carloni (NH F&G), & Dr. Burton Shank (NOAA): A combined presentation on the consequences of climate-driven shifts in phenology for American lobsters: links between lobster biology, zooplankton dynamics, and oceanographic processes in the Gulf of Maine

10:40 – 10:55    Alex Ascher (University of Maine), Emily Patrick (University of Maine), & Molly Spencer (USM): A combined presentation on larval lobster feeding rates, prey preferences, and potential food limitation mediated by a changing North Atlantic food-web

10:55 – 11:10    Jesica Waller, Maine DMR: Decreasing size at maturity in female lobsters from coastal Maine waters over recent decades

11:10 – 11:25    Dr. Katherine Mills, GMRI: Assessing climate resilience in Maine’s lobster fishery

11:25 – 11:40    Dr. Theresa Burnham, University of Maine: Building sentinel indicators of socioeconomic resilience in the American lobster fishery

11:40 – 11:45    Dr. Eric Annis, Hood College: Assessing the broad-scale distribution and abundance of lobster larvae and their potential food sources throughout the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

11:45 – 11:50    Kathleen Reardon, Maine DMR: Tracking lobster settlement signal through pre recruit monitoring surveys

11:50 – 11:55    Dr. Heather Koopman, University of North Carolina Wilmington: Thermal preferences and movement patterns of female lobsters in a changing world – a scientific partnership with the fishery

11:55 – 12:00    Dr. Katherine Maltby, GMRI: Social resilience in the Southern New England lobster fishery

12:00 – 12:10    Questions for speed talks

12:10 – 12:15    Break and Zoom transition

12:15 – 13:00    Poster session breakouts

    • Jaeheon Kim, University of Maine: Understanding spatial dynamics of landings in the inshore Maine lobster fishery
    • Krystal Boley, University of Maine: Sublethal effects of low-dose exposure to Imidacloprid on the American lobster
    • Evelyn Layland, University of Maine: Ontogeny of pursuit, handling, and ingestion of planktonic prey by larval American lobster Homarus americanus
    • Kristin Dinning, University of New Brunswick: Changes in juvenile American lobster density and habitat use over 30 years in Maces Bay, Bay of Fundy
    • Eric Annis, Hood College: American lobster larvae exhibit ontogenetic shifts in thermal tolerance and an overall greater tolerance to thermal stress when reared in the wild vs. the laboratory
  • Jacob Calvitti, University of North Carolina Wilmington: Declining maternal size and changes to embryo quality in the American lobster (Homarus americanus) over a decade
  • Kristyn Kleman, University of Maine: Science-industry collaboration builds trust while opening new windows on climate-related American lobster range shifts in the Gulf of Maine


November 19th: 1:30 3:30pm

Theme: Wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine

Description: What are the potential science and society impacts if wind energy comes to the Gulf of Maine? What might happen to fisheries, communities, or monitoring and how might we adapt?

Convener: Dr. Libby Jewett, NOAA

Keynote: Jon Hare, NOAA NEFSC

1:30 – 2:00    Keynote: Jon Hare, NOAA NEFSC: Offshore wind, fisheries, and wildlife – science to support coexistence

2:00 – 2:10    Carl Wilson, Maine Department of Marine Resources: ME DMR perspectives on research needs for Offshore Wind development in the Gulf of Maine

2:10 – 2:20    Wing Goodale, Biodiversity Research Institute/Wildlife WG State of Maine: How the Wildlife Working Group is contributing to the ME Offshore Wind Roadmap process and some research gaps identified so far

2:20 – 2:30      Anne Hawkins, RODA: Fishing industry perspectives on research needs for improving OSW planning and minimizing impacts

2:30 – 2:40     Emily Shumchenia, The Regional Wildlife Science Entity (RWSE): Supporting research and monitoring of wildlife and offshore wind on the US east coast

2:40 – 2:50    Discussion/Questions

2:50 – 3:00    Orla O’brien, NEAQ: Repatriation of a historical North Atlantic right whale habitat during an era of rapid climate change 

3:00 – 3:10    Julia Stepanuk, Stony Brook: Assessing the use of subseasonal forecasts as a management tool for predicting highly mobile species in wind energy regions

3:10 – 3:20    Everett Rzeszowski, University of Maine: Commercial Trapping Survey around Monhegan turbine: Methods and Motivations

3:20 – 3:30    Discussion/Questions


RARGOM’s Annual Science Meeting will be held virtually on November 17th-19th.

Please submit abstracts to using this form.

RARGOM News and Updates

Updated 2020 Program

See updated RARGOM program here. Thanks all!

2020 RARGOM Meeting Posters

See 2020 RARGOM Meeting posters here!  If you have a poster and would like it posted to this website please email


Take a gander and listen to this new piece of music to help mark the RARGOM 2020 conference! “Predator-Prey for Solo Trombone” is preformed by Zachary Friedland who says “the piece explores six instances of predation in the Gulf of Maine with each movement taking us up a step in the food chain.”

Meeting program and list of abstracts for 2020 RARGOM meeting

RARGOM 2020 program is now available! View list of abstracts for the 2020 meeting hereRegistration is still open, please sign up and join us for the 2020 virtual meeting!


Last call for abstracts! RARGOM Annual Science Meeting: Emerging Issues in the Gulf of Maine.  Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16th, 2020.  Due to continuing concerns with COVID, we will conduct the meeting as a webinar (see links below for abstract submission, registration, and donations). Abstracts are due in one week Friday, September 11th. This meeting includes a collaboration with ICES.

  • October 14th, Wednesday morning session, 10am to Noon, Changing ecosystems, economies, and cultures in the Gulf of Maine region
  • Featured talk, Heather Leslie from the University of Maine: “Resilient Coastal Communities and Ecosystems: Linking Science & Action”
  • October 14th, Wednesday afternoon session, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Changing landscape of Gulf of Maine fisheries
  • Featured talk, Patrick Sullivan from Cornell University: “The changing landscape of Gulf of Maine fisheries”
  • October 15th, Thursday morning session, 10am to Noon, Ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine
  • Featured talk, Wei-Jun Cai from the University of Delaware: “Controls on the carbonate chemistry along the ocean margins of eastern North America”
  • October 15th, Thursday afternoon session, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Perspectives on Phytoplankton Composition from Satellite and Particle Imagery
  • Featured talk, Colleen Mouw URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Title To Be Announced
  • ICES Collaboration, Silvana Birchenough of “The development of Offshore Renewable Energy: implications for benthic systems: synthesis and targeted research needs”
  • October 16th, Friday morning session, 10am to Noon, Protected species interactions in the Gulf of Maine
  • Featured talk, David Mattila of the International Whaling Commission and the Center for Coastal Studies: “A global perspective on cetacean interactions with fishing gear”
  • October 16th, Friday afternoon session, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Opportunities and Challenges for Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine
  • Featured talk, Halley Froelich of the University of California at Santa Barbara: “Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Climate”

Submit an Abstract using this Form.  Send abstracts to Damian Brady <> Registration: Here is the link to REGISTER.  RARGOM would appreciate donations in lieu of registration fees: Donate here.

Sign up for the 2020 RARGOM webinar conference

Sign up here for the 2020 RARGOM conference, Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16th, 2020.  Due to continuing concerns with COVID-19, we will conduct the 2020 meeting as a webinar. Sign up today! 

2020 RARGOM Meeting, First call for abstracts

RARGOM News and Updates2020 RARGOM Meeting, First call for abstractsRARGOM Annual Science Meeting Emerging Issues in the Gulf of Maine.  Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16th, 2020.  Due to continuing concerns with COVID, we will conduct the meeting as a webinar.  Abstracts are due Friday, September 11th.  Each day there will be a morning and afternoon session:

  • Wednesday morning, 10am to Noon-Changing ecosystems, economies, and cultures in the Gulf of Maine region.  
  • Wednesday afternoon, 1:30pm to 3:30pm-Changing landscape of Gulf of Maine fisheries.  
  • Thursday morning, 10am to Noon-Ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine.  
  • Thursday afternoon, 1:30pm to 3:30pm-Lower trophic level response to climate change in the Gulf of Maine. 
  • Friday morning, 10am to Noon-Protected species interactions in the Gulf of Maine.  
  • Friday afternoon, 1:30pm to 3:30pm-Opportunities and Challenges for Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine.

Submit an Abstract using the attached form. Send abstracts to Damian Brady <>Please go to the RARGOM website for further information. Feel free to distribute widely.  Additionally RARGOM supported the Gulf of Maine 2050 conference as the Anual Science Meeting in 2019:

RARGOM celebrates 20 years of service to the Gulf of Maine community