Gavin Fay

Gavin Fay

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography

Fisheries & Ecosystem Management Lab Website



School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 228


2000University of StirlingB.Sc.
2004University of WashingtonM.S.
2012University of WashingtonPh.D





Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

An advanced treatment of a special topic in specific areas of marine sciences and technology with an emphasis on recent developments. The subject matter varies according to the interests of the instructor and the students.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Research for and preparation of doctoral dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal must provide a thorough survey of the research activities in the research topic area and it must present original and innovative research ideas and preliminary results as well as a defined research scope and directions. PhD students must have passed this course before registering for doctoral dissertation research credits. Graded P/F.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the School for Marine Science and Technology. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the SMAST Graduate Program Director.


Research activities

  • Evaluating the performance of ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies
  • Stock assessment statistical methods development
  • Simulation testing of management, monitoring, and assessment procedures
  • Social-ecological ecosystem modeling and indicators for Integrated Ecosystem Assessment
  • Testing decision support tools for living marine resource management


Research awards

  • $ 149,314.00 SRS RN: Integrating Land and Sea: Building Coastal Resilience and Ecosystem Service
  • $ 15,900.00 Investigating The Effects of Climate on Fishery Catch Rates of New England Groundfish

Select publications

  • Fay, G., G. DePiper, S. Steinback, R.J. Gamble, J.S. Link (2019).
    Economic and ecosystem effects of fishing on the Northeast US shelf
    Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:133, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.0.
  • Fay, G., J.S. Link, J.A. Hare (2017).
    Assessing the effects of ocean acidification in the Northeast US using an end-to-end marine ecosystem model
    Ecological Modelling, 347, 1-10.
  • Fay, G., J.S. Link, S.I. Large, and R.J. Gamble (2015).
    Management performance of ecological indicators in the Georges Bank finfish fishery
    ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, 1285-1296.

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