Jake Kritzer

Director, Spatial and Ecosystem Initiatives

Areas of expertise: Oceans Programs, catch shares, renewing fisheries, Latin America & the Caribbean


Jake Kritzer leads the Spatial and Ecosystem Initiatives Team within the EDF Oceans Program.  The team provides support to all of EDF’s regional work, addressing a wide range of science and policy issues necessary to achieve durable catch share systems.  These issues include spatial management systems, habitat conservation, stock structure, ecosystem-based management, effects of climate change, area-based allocation systems, and others.  Additionally, Jake provides expert support to a number of stakeholders and policymakers through service on several technical and advisory committees.

Prior to joining EDF in 2004, Jake conducted research on coral reef ecology and management in Australia, Latin America and the Middle East, first as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Australia and then as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Windsor in Canada.  He joined Environmental Defense Fund as the first Dennis Puleston Fellow, honoring the founding trustee of the organization. As the Puleston Fellow, Jake built a program aimed at restoring spawning runs of river herring and brook trout in the unique coastal streams of Long Island, a program that continues through the efforts of the Seatuck Environmental Association



  • Boston Conservation Commission (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, Alewife Harvesters of Maine (2010-present)
  • New England Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee (2008-present; Vice Chair 2011-2012; Chair 2013-present)
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat Committee (2007-present; Vice Chair 2013-present)
  • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Windsor, Ontario (2001-2004)
  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, James Cook University, Australia (2001)
  • B.A., Biology, Middlebury College, Vermont (1995)


Jake is the author of several scientific papers, as well as senior editor of the book Marine Metapopulations.

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