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Heather J. Lynch Assistant Professor Ecology and Evolution School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact Information

Life Sciences Bldg.

Stony Brook, 11794

631/632-9508

Biography

Heather Lynch’s research is focused on uncovering the population dynamics and biogeographic distribution of penguins and other Antarctic seabirds, with a particular focus on untangling the effects of climate change, fishing, and tourism. Dr. Lynch has been at the forefront of using high-resolution satellite imagery to map penguin occupancy and abundance across Antarctica. These data are improving our understanding of penguin biology and their response to climate change.

Education

  • PhD and AM, Harvard University
  • AB, Princeton University

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
Improving Estimates of Penguin Abundance and Trends in the British Antartic Territory for the Benefit of Conservation and Fisheries Management 2012-11-01T00:00:00 2013-03-31T00:00:00 British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Nonfederal 41828.79 Closed
CAREER: The Use of Quantitative Geography to Predict Population Tipping Points for Colonial Seabirds 2013-06-01T00:00:00 2018-05-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 782718 Approved
Bayesian Data-Model Synthesis for Biological Conservation and Management in Antarctica 2014-01-01T00:00:00 2018-03-31T00:00:00 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Federal 544987 Approved
Collaborative Research: Phytoplankton Pheneology in the Antartic: Drivers, Patterns, and Implications for the Adelie Penguin 2014-08-01T00:00:00 2018-07-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 108019 Approved
EarthCube RCN: Collaborative Research: Research Coordination Network for High-Performance Distributed Computing in the Polar Sciences 2015-09-01T00:00:00 2018-08-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 27326 Approved
Fellowship funds for Casey Youngflesh:Environmental forcing of Antarctic food web dynamics - a multi-tiered approach employing multispectral imagery, field spectroscopy, and stable isotope analysis 2016-09-01T00:00:00 2018-08-31T00:00:00 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Federal 75000 Approved
Collaborative Proposal: EarthCube Integration: ICEBERG: Imagery Cyberinfrastructure and Extensible Building-Blocks to Enhance Research in the Geosciences 2017-10-01T00:00:00 2018-09-30T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 632179 Approved

Publications

  1. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Proceedings of the Royal Society B Phylogenetic prediction of the maximum per capita rate of population growth Published 2013 280 20130523
  2. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Ecology Understanding lichen diversity on the Antarctic Peninsula using parataxonomic units as a surrogate for species richness Published 2013 94 9 2110-2110
  3. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Antarctic Science Sensitivity analysis identifies high influence sites for estimates of penguin krill consumption on the Antarctic Peninsula Published 2013 25 1 19-23
  4. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author The Canadian Entomologist Overwintering survival of bagworms, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis Haworth (Lepidoptera: Psychidae): influence of temperature and egg cluster weight. Published 2013 145 77-81
  5. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Total Science of the Environment Penguin eggshell membranes reflect homogeneity of mercury in the marine food web surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula Published 2012 439 165-171
  6. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Polar Biology First direct, site-wide penguin survey at Deception Island, Antarctica suggests significant in breeding chinstrap penguins Published 2012 35 12 1879-1888
  7. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author PLoS ONE Interbasin water transfer, riverine connectivity, and spatial controls on fish biodiversity Published 2012 7 3 e34170
  8. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Ecology Spatially integrated assessment reveals widespread changes in penguin populations on the Antarctic Peninsula Published 2012 93 6 1367-1377
  9. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Ecography Multi-scale patterns of lichen and moss richness along the Antarctic Peninsula Published 2012 35 001-011
  10. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Polar Biology Detection, differentiation, and abundance estimation of penguin species by high-resolution satellite imagery Published 2012 35 963-968
  11. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Marine Ecology Progress Series Differential advancement of breeding phenology in response to climate may alter staggered breeding among sympatric pygoscelid penguins Published 2012 454 135-145
  12. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Water Resources Research How restructuring river connectivity changes freshwater fish biodiversity and biogeography Published 2011 47 5 W05531
  13. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Marine Ecology Progress Series Stable isotopes reveal regional heterogeneity in the pre-breeding distribution and diets of sympatrically breeding Pygoscelis spp. penguins Published 2011 421 265 - 277
  14. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Ecological Applications Survivorship patterns in captive mammalian populations: implications for estimating population growth rates Published 2010 20 8 2334 - 2345
  15. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Antarctic Science Spatial patterns of tour ship traffic in the Antarctic Peninsula region Published 2010 22 2 123-130
  16. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Polar Biology Population trends and reproductive success at a frequently visited penguin colony on the western Antarctic Peninsula Published 2010 33 4 493-503
  17. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Theoretical Ecology Effects of branching spatial structure and life history on the asymptotic growth rate of a population Published 2010 3 3 137-152
  18. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Oikos Pitfalls and challenges of estimating population growth rate from empirical data: consequences for allometric scaling relations Published 2010 119 3 455 - 464
  19. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Water Resources Research On the geographic range of freshwater fish in river basins Published 2009 45 W11420
  20. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Marine Ecological Journal Long-term changes in populations of seabirds on Petermann Island and surrounding islands in Graham Land, Antarctic Peninsula Published 2009 8 3 5-13
  21. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Ecology Survivorship curves and their impact on the estimation of maximum population growth rates Published 2009 90 4 1116 - 1124
  22. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author CCAMLR Science Timing of clutch initiation in Pygoscelis penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula: Towards an improved understanding of off-peak census correction factors Published 2009 16 149-165
  23. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Marine Ornithology Censuses of penguin, blue-eyed shag Phalacrocorax atriceps and southern giant petrel Macronectes giganteus populations on the Antarctic Peninsula, 2001-2007 Published 2008 36 83-97
  24. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Canadian Journal of Forest Research A spatiotemporal Ripley’s K-function to analyze between spruce budworm and fire in British Columbia, Canada Published 2008 38 12 3112 - 3119
  25. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Nature Neutral metacommunity models predict fish diversity patterns in Mississippi-Missouri basin Published 2008 453 7192 220 - 223
  26. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Environmental Management The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Challenges for regional ecosystem management Published 2008 41 6 820-833
  27. Author Article - Peer Reviewed Author Ecosystems The influence of previous mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) activity on the 1988 Yellowstone fires Published 2006 9 8 1318-1327
  28. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Physical Review Letters Differential Charge Sensing and Charge Delocalization in a Tunable Double Quantum Dot Published 2004 92 226801
  29. Co-Author Article - Peer Reviewed Co-Author Physical Review Letters Low-Temperature Fate of the ‘0.7 Structure’ in a Point Contact: A Kondo-like Correlated State in an Open System Published 2002 88 226805

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 552 Biometry
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor SSO 102 Science and Society
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 800 FULL TIME SUMMER RCH
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 569 Bayesian Data Analysis and Com
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 552 Biometry
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Summer 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 800 FULL TIME SUMMER RCH
Summer 2016 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 552 Biometry
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 800 FULL TIME SUMMER RCH
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 592 Internship in Marine Conserva
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 592 Internship in Marine Conserva
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor BEE 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 552 Biometry
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 693 Sem on Popula and Communi Ecol
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 693 Sem on Popula and Communi Ecol
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Summer 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 800 FULL TIME SUMMER RCH
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 569 Bayesian Data Analysis and Com
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor BEE 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor BIO 489 Rsrch in Ecology & Evolution
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor BEE 599 Research

Honors

Type Description Year
Advanced Degree M.A. Physics, Harvard University
Advanced Degree Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Workshop Expert Workshop (Galapagos Islands, June 2012) / Topic: Leveraging citizen science for conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands 2012-08-25
Lecture “Penguins: Sentinels of climate change”. Stony Brook University Living World Lecture Series March 23, 2012. 2012-08-23
Workshop Expert Workshop (Dessau, Germany, May 2012) / Topic: Census of penguins by remote sensing. 2012-08-15
Workshop Expert Workshop (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD, July 2012) / Topic: Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human - Environment Interactions 2012-02-23
Presentation/Paper at a conference H.J. Lynch. 2012. “Detection, differentiation, and abundance estimation of penguin species by high-resolution satellite imagery”. Birds and Marine Mammals Session of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Biennial Meeting 2012. 2012-02-16
Workshop Conference on Mathematical Ecology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 2012) / Topic: Population Dynamics 2012
Workshop Working Group (John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis, Fort Collins, CO, July 2012 – July 2014) / Topic: Modeling species response to environmental change: development of integrated, scalable Bayesian models of population persistence

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Other Book review consultant for the Quarterly Review of Biology (2011-) . 2011 - 2012
Referee In 2011/12, I Served as a reviewer for CCAMLR Science, Global Change Biology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, PLoS ONE, and Polar Biology. 2011 - 2012
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Served on the Science and Operations Committee (2011-2013) of the University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center. 2011 - 2012

University Service

Service Title Date
Departmental Committee External Department Chair Faculty search committee 2013 - 2014
College/University Committee Anthropology Department Faculty search committee (Bio-statistician) 2012 - 2013
College/University Committee Graduate Council Fellowship and Awards Committee Spring 2012 2011 - 2012
Community Activity Co-organizer of Polar Climate Change Research: A Workshop for Educators, a 1 day workshop for middle and high school science educators on polar science and technology. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, April 11, 2012. 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Committee on Computing Resources for Ecology & Evolution Spring 2012 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Graduate admissions committee for Ecology & Evolution Fall 2011 2011 - 2012