Jake Kritzer

Director, Diagnostics & Design


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

As the Director of the Fishery Solutions Center’s Diagnostics & Design team, Jake leads a multidisciplinary group of experts dedicated to examining and overcoming the barriers to sustainable fishing while developing durable systems to improve fishery performance. Under his guidance, the team diagnoses and designs scientific and data systems, policy frameworks, harvest management strategies, spatial management plans and other systems founded upon deep understanding of the biological, social and economic drivers of fisheries.

Jake provides regular fishery management expertise to a number of stakeholders and policymakers through service on several technical and advisory committees. He is also an expert on spatial ecology and edited the book, Marine Metapopulations, which was the first to systematically apply metapopulation theory directly to marine systems. Jake joined EDF as the first Dennis Puleston Fellow, honoring the founding trustee of the organization. Prior to joining EDF, Jake graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Jake lives in Boston with his wife, Brooke, and his energetic and adorable daughter, Rosa.


  • 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.