Alex Koeberle on a ship

Alex Koeberle '13, a natural resources major, spent his summer as an Iscol intern at the Environmental Defense Fund's office in Boston 

New England Fishing in the Face of Climate Change

November 21, 2012

Alex Koeberle on a ship

Alex Koeberle '13, a natural resources major, spent his summer as an Iscol intern at the Environmental Defense Fund's office in Boston. The Iscol Internships for a Sustainable Future give Cornell students hands-on experience working with one of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy groups at the intersection of science
 and policy.

Koeberle researched and documented the effects of climate change on New England fish stocks, fishermen, and fishing communities, attending fishery council meetings across New England and conducting personal interviews with fishermen. He summarizes his recommendations about how to build industry-wide resilience to climate change on the Environmental Defense Fund’s EDFish blog. The project is particularly timely in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:

Alex KoeberleAlex Koeberle ’13 (NTRES)

Following the hottest summer ever on record, the Atlantic coast was rocked recently by super storm Sandy, both stark reminders that climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. . . . Responding to climate change will require actions by all stakeholders in the realms of science, business planning and marketing, fishing behavior, and coastal ecosystem protection.

Coauthor on the blog post is Jake Kritzer, senior scientist for EDF’s oceans program and Koeberle’s internship supervisor. Read the EDFish blog entry.