Kaitlyn R. Clark

Master's Student

Email: [[v|krclark]]
Phone: (804) 684-7172
Office: Davis Hall 238
Department: Marine Advisory Program and Fisheries Science
Advisors: {{https://www.vims.edu/research/units/centerspartners/map/people/rudders_d.php,Dr. David Rudders}} and {{https://www.vims.edu/people/mann_rl/index.php,Dr. Roger Mann}}
Lab Website: {{https://www.vims.edu/research/units/centerspartners/map/comfish/scallop/index.php,Sea Scallop Research Program}}


B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. 2019.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the fisheries ecology, reproductive biology, and management of marine molluscs. Currently, I am investigating the impacts of density on the growth and reproduction of Atlantic sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus). My goal is to use these data to inform how high-density aggregations of scallops are managed in the fishery moving forward.

Short History

I first fell in love with the ocean and all the fascinating life it holds while traipsing around San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay with my father as a small child. He was an employee, so I was able to go behind the exhibits, and I was fascinated by the unique creatures that I saw in each tank. As I grew, I realized that I was never happier than when walking along the beach looking for sea glass or exploring local tide pools. For my undergraduate education, I transitioned across the country to College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where I became increasingly engaged with the local fishing communities, their rich histories, and their stories of change along the coast. A summer internship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center introduced me to the Chesapeake Bay and solidified my passion for molluscs, and I was excited by the chance to come back to the region to begin my graduate work in the Atlantic sea scallop fishery. My work is driven by a commitment to applied, collaborative research to increase scientific understanding and sustainable management of marine molluscs, and I look forward to engaging in this field for many years to come!