Lindsey N. Nelson

M.S. Student

Email: [[v|lnnelson]]
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N213
Department: Fisheries Science
Advisor: {{, Jan McDowell}}


B. S. of Biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation,  University of Washington (2012)

Undergraduate internships:

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, a citizen science project focused on seabird conservation

Lab volunteer in Dr. Adam Summers' fish biomechanics and physiology projects

Work Experience

After graduation, I jumped aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska and worked as an at-sea Observer until 2016, and then most recently in 2017 as a video reviewer for preliminary implementation of electronic monitoring of fisheries.

Research Focus
I study Clearnose skates, which are commonly found in coastal waters from Massachusetts to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, I will be examining their population genetics, morphology, and distribution in order to look for evidence of population structure. This information can be used by fisheries management councils to delineate stocks and effectively manage of our marine resources.
Other Activities
  • VIMS Representative on the William & Mary Graduate Council
  • Member of the VIMS GSA Green Team and Professional Development Committee
  • Participation in volunteer and outreach events
  • Anything outdoors, especially kayaking, birding, and camping
  • Twitter: @indseynoel