Carrie J Byron

My research is grounded in marine ecology and integrates and interdisciplinary approach. Research disciplines include aquaculture, fisheries and coastal management. Previous projects have been based in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats including temperate lakes, Atlantic rocky shorelines, temperate barrier-beach lagoons, tropical coral reefs and Pacific glacial fjords. I enjoy working on projects that look at biotic and abiotic dynamics and interactions as they apply to conservation and/or social development issues. My current research focuses on sustainable ecological aquaculture and food web dynamics in Maine's coastal waters.



University of Wisconsin-Madison



University of Massachusetts-Boston



University of Rhode Island


Board Certifications and Licenses

SCUBA Rescue Diver

Post-Doctoral Training

Ecosystem Modeling

Gulf of Maine Research Institute




Ecological Approaches to Acquaculture

Fish Ecology & Fisheries

Marine Food Web Dynamics


Current Research

  • Ecological and social carrying capacity for aquaculture
  • Modeling food web dynamics
  • Detrital contribution to bivlave shellfish nutrition and estuarine food webs
  • Use of stable isotopes and lipids to characterize food web interactions

Selected Publications


Byron, C.J. and Costa-Pierce, B.A. 2013. Carrying capacity tools for use in the implementation of an ecosystems approach to aquaculture. In L.G. Ross, T.C. Telfer, L. Falconer, D. Soto, & J. Aguilar-Manjarrez eds. Site selection and carrying capacity for inland and coastal aquaculture. FA0/Institute of Aquaculture, University of Sterling, Expert Workshop, 6-8 December 2010. Stirling, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 21. Rome, FAO. 46 pp. 


Byron, C.J., Burke, B. 2014. Salmon ocean migration models suggest a variety of population-specific strategies. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 24(3):737-756. 


Byron, C.J. 2014. Aquaculture. Encyclopedia of Natural Resources. Taylor & Francis. New York, NY.


Byron, C.J., Pershing, A., Stockwell, J., Xue, H., Kocik, J. 2014. Migration model of post-smolt Atlantic salmon: growth and survival in the Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography. 23(2):172-189


Byron, C.J., Tennenhouse, C. 2015. Commonality in structure among food web networks. Network Biology. 5(4):146-162.


Filgueira, R., Byron, C.J., Comeau, L.A., Costa-Pierce, B., Cranford, P.J., Ferreira, J.G., Guyondet, T., Jansen, H.M., Landry, T., McKindsey, C.W., Petersen, J.K., Reid, G.K., Robinson, S.M.C., Smaal, A., Sonier, R., Strohmeier, T. (abc order). 2015. An integrated ecosystem approach for assessing the potential role of cultivated bivalve shells as part of the carbon trading system. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 518:281-287


Byron, C.J., Dalton, T., Jin, D. 2015. An integrated ecological-economic modeling framework for the sustainable management of oyster farming. Aquaculture. 447:15-22.

Research Topics

Carrie Byron

Carrie J Byron



Assistant Professor


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