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.

Graduate Research

I am currently a third year Ph.D. student. My research focuses on the fisheries ecology, reproductive biology, and management of marine molluscs. In my graduate research, I am investigating the impacts of density on reproductive effort and fecundity in Atlantic sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus). Future work toward my dissertation will include using stable isotopes to investigate utilization of food sources across the sea scallop resource and investigating how the timing of settlement and the relative contribution of spring and fall spawning events have changed over time. For a complete list of professional experience, fellowships, and publications, please download my full CV.

Path to Shellfisheries Science

I first fell in love with the ocean while traipsing around San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay with my father as a 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. 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!


Roman, S.A., D.B. Rudders, R. Mann, and K.R. Clark. 2021. The effect of density on growth, yield, and reproduction of the sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus. VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2021-2.

Rudders, D.B., S.A. Roman, E. Mohr, and K. Clark. 2019. Results for the 2019 VIMS Industry Cooperative Surveys of the Mid-Atlantic, Nantucket Lightship Closed Area, Closed Area I, and Closed Area II Resource Areas. VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2019-7.