Zoë Kitchel

Ph.D. Student
2019-2020 Nereus Fellow, Rutgers University
Ph.D. Candidate (Rutgers University)

Zoë is working towards her PhD in the Ecology and Evolution Department at Rutgers University. After graduating from Yale College in 2015, she spent two years working in fisheries curriculum development at the University of Alaska Southeast. Now working with Dr. Malin Pinsky, Zoë is exploring the dynamics at play at range boundaries of commercial fish species, and especially how species’ traits act as a filter for environmental variability. In addition, she is a part of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk and Resiliency Traineeship, aiming to bridge the gap between biologists, engineers, social scientists, and policy makers all interested in resiliency within coastal communities. She hopes for her research to push the boundaries of science, but to also be accessible to communities experiencing change first hand.


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Pinsky, M. L., Selden, R. L., & Kitchel, Z. J. (2019). Climate-Driven Shifts in Marine Species Ranges: Scaling from Organisms to Communities. Annual review of marine science, 12. link

Nereus Fellow Zoë Kitchel (Rutgers University) writes about fellows Katy Seto, Julia Mason, Tiff-Annie Kenny, Becca Selden and Harriet Harden-Davies discussing critically important themes concerning equity and interdisciplinarity in relation to how the ocean is studied at the United Nations building, during an Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

Nereus Program principal investigator Malin Pinsky was the focus of a recent article that appeared in ScienceNews and in ScienceNews for Students – “Malin Pinsky seeks to explain how climate change alters ocean life”.

December 10, 2019 | Climate ChangeFisheriesEcology

Principal investigator Malin Pinsky and research fellows Becca Selden and Zoë Kitchel are co-authors on a new publication in Annual Reviews, entitled “Climate-Driven Shifts in Marine Species Ranges: Scaling from Organisms to Communities”.