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School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

Andrew Carlson

Assistant Unit Leader, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Andrew Carlson and his students and partners explore fisheries as ecosystems, human systems, and coupled human-natural systems. The Carlson Lab mission is to conduct collaborative research that informs fisheries management and conservation while preparing students for professional success. From sport fish to imperiled species, the lab studies fishes and their habitats to develop strategies for sustaining fish production and biodiversity, particularly amid stressors such as land-use change, species invasion, and groundwater withdrawal. The lab also studies other aquatic organisms, human systems, and coupled human-natural systems to design aquatic resource management approaches that incorporate perspectives of diverse user groups.


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Bldg. 106, 2295 Mowry Rd
P.O. Box 110485
Gainesville, FL 32611-0485
(651) 280-7013

  • Education

    • Postdoc, Princeton University
    • PhD Fisheries, Ecology, Michigan State University
    • MS Fisheries, South Dakota State University
    • BS Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

  • Publications

    • Carlson, A. K., T. Young, M. A. Centeno, S. A. Levin, and D. I. Rubenstein. 2021. Boat to bowl: Resilience through network rewiring of a community-supported fishery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental Research Letters 16:034054.
    • Carlson, A. K., D. I. Rubenstein, and S. A. Levin. 2021. Modeling Atlantic herring fisheries as multiscalar human-natural systems. Fisheries Research 236:105855.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, M. R. Cronin, M. J. Eaton, L. E. Eckert, M. A. Kaemingk, A. J. Reid, and A. Trudeau. 2020. A social-ecological odyssey in fisheries and wildlife management. Fisheries 45(5):238–243.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, and D. M. Infante. 2020. Modelling effects of climate change on Michigan brown trout and rainbow trout: precipitation and groundwater as key predictors. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 29(3):433–449.
    • Carlson, A. K., D. I. Rubenstein, and S. A. Levin. 2020. Linking multiscalar fisheries using metacoupling models. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:614.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, D. I. Rubenstein, S. A. Levin, and J. Liu. 2020. Global marine fishing across space and time. Sustainability 12(11):4714.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, and S. M. Hughes. 2020. The metacoupling framework informs stream salmonid management and governance. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8:27.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, M. T. Kinnison, S. M. P. Sullivan, M. J. Weber, R. T. Melstrom, P. A. Venturelli, M. R. Wuellner, R. M. Newman, K. J. Hartman, G. B. Zydlewski, D. R. DeVries, S. M. Gray, D. M. Infante, M. A. Pegg, and R. M. Harrell. 2019. Threats to freshwater fisheries in the United States: perspectives and investments of state fisheries administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station directors. Fisheries 44(6):276–287.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, and D. M. Infante. 2019. Developing precipitation- and groundwater-corrected stream temperature models to improve brook charr management amid climate change. Hydrobiologia 840(1):379–398.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, and J. Liu. 2019. Using the telecoupling framework to improve Great Lakes fisheries sustainability. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 22(3):342–354.
    • Reid, A. J., A. K. Carlson, I. F. Creed, E. J. Eliason, P. A. Gell, P. T. J. Johnson, K. A. Kidd, T. J. MacCormack, J. D. Olden, S. J. Ormerod, J. P. Smol, W. W. Taylor, K. Tockner, J. C. Vermaire, D. Dudgeon, and S. J. Cooke. 2018. Emerging threats and persistent conservation challenges for freshwater biodiversity. Biological Reviews 94(3):849–873.
    • Carlson, A. K., J. G. Zaehringer, R. D. Garrett, R. F. B. Silva, P. Furumo, A. N. Raya Rey, A. Torres, M. G. Chung, Y. Li, and J. Liu. 2018. Toward rigorous telecoupling causal attribution: a systematic review and typology. Sustainability 10(12):4426.
    • Carlson, A. K., A. F. Lintvedt, A. N. Luchenbill, A. M. Irwin, S. A. Heiler, A. R. Kowalski, P. S. Burger, N. E. Nahra, C. J. Weathers, S. Dhanjal, and C. R. Yatooma. 2018. On the banks of the Red Cedar: toward socio-ecologically robust riparian management in an iconic Michigan river. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 33(1):429–447.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, J. Liu, and I. Orlic. 2018. Peruvian anchoveta as a telecoupled fisheries system. Ecology and Society 23(1):35.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, Z. Basher, T. D. Beard, Jr., and D. M. Infante. 2018. Science to action: decision-support to advance stream trout management in a changing climate. Proceedings of the Wild Trout XII Symposium 12.
    • Carlson, A. K., W. W. Taylor, J. Liu, and I. Orlic. 2017. The telecoupling framework: an integrative tool for enhanced fisheries management. Fisheries 42(8):395–397.
    • Carlson, A. K., M. J. Fincel, and B. D. S. Graeb. 2017. Otolith chemistry indicates walleye movement and entrainment in a large serial reservoir system. Fisheries Management and Ecology 24(3):217–229.