Portland Maine Oysters
Credit: [H.E. Froehlich]

Climate change is an immediate and future threat to food security globally. The consequences for fisheries and agriculture production potential are well studied, yet the possible outcomes for aquaculture – one of the fastest growing food sectors on the planet – remains a major gap in scientific understanding. The Froehlich Lab is addressing several of the aquaculture and climate change knowledge gaps, including modelling the potential impact of changing ocean conditions on global mariculture production of finfish and bivalves, the mitigation potential of certain species and taxonomic groups, including seaweeds, as well as mapping the current impacts and adaptive strategies – from genetics to spatial planning – needed for sustainable aquaculture into the future.

Ongoing Projects

Seaweed Aquaculture Mitigation Potential (2018-2020), in collaboration with SFG

Relevant Papers

Froehlich, H.E., J.C. Afflerbach, M. Frazier, B.S. Halpern. 2019. Blue Growth potential to mitigate Climate Change through seaweed offsetting. Current Biology10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.041

Froehlich H.E., R.R. Gentry, B.S. Halpern. 2018. Global change in marine aquaculture production potential under climate change. Nature Eco Evo. 10.1038/s41559-018-0669-1

Froehlich, H.E., R.R., Gentry, B.S., Halpern. 2016. Synthesis and comparative analysis of physiological tolerance and life-history growth traits of marine aquaculture species. Aquaculture. 460: 75–82. 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2016.04.018

Affiliated Researchers

Assistant Professor
Studying the sustainability of seafood and marine ecosystems under climate change at different scales.