Betsy Barber

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BETSY BARBER has a PhD in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology from the University of Maine in Orono.  Her dissertation focused on characterizing the nutrient balance associated with alewife migrations, as well as how this balance could potentially change due to population recoveries and improvements in dam passage. She is currently working as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maine and is excited to continue her work with anadromous fish.  Betsy has studied a wide variety of species, ranging from marine invertebrates such as softshell clams, urchins, and lobsters to a suite of anadromous fish that migrate from the ocean into freshwater to spawn.  As a student and ecologist, Betsy has tagged Atlantic salmon, participated in a whale necropsy, electrofished for sea-run brook trout in Acadia National Park, buried juvenile softshells clams in the mudflats of the Machias River Estuary, raised red king crabs in a hatchery in Alaska, and worked as a scientific diver trying to count juvenile urchins.  While she didn’t pick up fishing until moving to Maine, Betsy has become an avid angler.  She can be reached at