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Jocelyn Runnebaum

Marine Scientist, Maine


Portrait of Jocelyn Runnebaum as she smiles toward the camera with a blurred office space behind her.

Jocelyn Runnebaum Jocelyn is Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. © Phoebe Parker

Areas of Expertise

Fisheries management, participatory research, habitat modeling, coupled natural and human systems


Jocelyn Runnebaum

Media Contact

Jeremy Cluchey
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Jocelyn’s work focuses on helping to advance TNC’s marine conservation initiatives in the Gulf of Maine and nationally. Jocelyn works collaboratively with university scientists, resource managers and industry partners to improve the overall ecological health of the Gulf of Maine. This work includes partnerships to implement on-the-water projects to understand the habitat value of seaweed aquaculture; a regional survey to understand fishermen’s perceptions of the impacts of climate change on their businesses and fishing communities; and working to influence ocean and coastal policies at the state, regional and national level.

“Marine resources are a critical aspect of Maine’s culture and economy. The conservation and sustainable use of marine resources is critical in sustaining these aspects in addition to a healthy ecosystem.”

Before joining TNC, Jocelyn worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a Fisheries Biologist providing technical support and advice on federal fisheries management. Jocelyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine in Orono. Before earning her Ph.D., Jocelyn commercial fished for salmon in Alaska, trained sled dogs for an Iditarod musher and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia working with fish farmers.

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