Matt arrived at GMRI in April of 2019 where he is a Quantitative Research Technician working in the Ecosystem Modeling Lab. There he uses biological and environmental data to help understand how ecosystems and fisheries have responded to environmental changes in the past and then use statistics and create models to determine changes that may occur in the future.
Before joining GMRI, Matt majored in marine science at the University of Maine, Orono, writing his Honors Thesis on diet and prey availability of sturgeon in the Penobscot River. He went on to receive his M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied fish growth and climate variability in the Gulf of Mexico at the UT Marine Science Institute. Post degree, Matt worked for the U.S. Global Change Research Program in Washington, DC as a staffer on the Fourth National Climate Assessment. He also spent time with several interagency climate change groups, where he learned a great deal about how research is conducted and coordinated across government agencies and where there are gaps in research that need to be filled.
In Matt's free time you'll find him exploring the outdoors, traveling, pursing wildlife photography or focusing on his hobby which is excavating and studying 555 million-year-old marine fossils.