Research Affiliate



MIT Sea Grant: Ecosystem Health
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Dr. Pederson coordinates the Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative and compiled and edited the 2009 Gulf of Maine Strategic Ocean Science Plan. An international expert on marine invasive species, her research focuses on the “biopollution” of marine bioinvasions in near-shore and offshore areas of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. In addition to her research over the past 20 years, Pederson has further contributed to water-quality monitoring, clean-up efforts in Boston Harbor and other areas of Massachusetts, and the disposal of contaminated marine sediments. Prior to joining MIT Sea Grant in 1995, Pederson worked as a coastal ecologist at the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Current Projects
Marine Introduced Species
Marine Invader Tracking and Information System (MITIS)
Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative

Ph.D. (S. Johnson, W. Johansen), Biology (Marine Ecology), Clark University, 1980
M.S. Zoology (Physiology), Syracuse University, 1967
B.A. in Science Education (Biology) Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1963

Appointments (Recent)
Manager, MITSG Center for Coastal Resources, MIT Sea Grant, 1995-2010
Coastal Ecologist, MA Coastal Zone Management, EOEA, 1986-1995

Activities (Recent)
Coordinator for Regional Ocean Science Initiative, 2007
Appointed Chair of ICES WGITMO, 2006-present
U.S. Appointee to the ICES Working Groups on Marine Invaders, 2002-present
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Panel [Co-Chair (2004-2006)], 2001-present
Chair, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Combined Sewer Overflow Study, 2001-2004
Organized Rapid Assessment Surveys of Marine Non-native Species, 2007, -03, -00
Convened two workshop on Regional Ballast Water Management, 2002, 2003
Co-Chair, Marine Bioinvasions International Conference I, II, III, and IV and V, 2000-present

MIT Sea Grant Publications

16th annual Blue Lobster Bowl program
Judith A. Pederson, Kathryn Shroyer, Gayle Sherman
2013, MITSG 13-01
Educational materials

MIT Sea Grant College Program: Where ocean science meets cutting edge technology
Judith A. Pederson, Lillie M. Paquette, Gayle Sherman, Madeleine Hall-Arber, Katharine de Zengotita
2013, MITSG 13-02
Promotional brochures

Report on the 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Species at New England Floating Docks and Rocky Shores
Chris McIntyre, Adrienne Pappal, Jan Smith, Judith A. Pederson
2013, MITSG 13-12
Technical reports

Remote identification of the invasive tunicate Didemnum vexillum using reflectance spectroscopy
Thomas Leeuw, Seth O. Newburg, Emmanuel Boss, Wayne Slade, Michael Soroka, Judith A. Pederson, Chrys Chryssostomidis, Franz Hover
2013, MITSG 13-13
Journal, book, proceeding reprints

Ten recommendations for advancing the assessment and management of non-indigenous species in marine ecosystems
Ojaveer Henn, Bella S. Galil, Dan Minchin, Sergej Olenin, Ana Amorim, Joao Canning-Clode, Paula Chainho, Gordon H. Copp, Stephan Gollasch, Anders Jelmert, Maiju Lehtiniemi, Cynthia McKenzie, Josip Mikus, Laurence Miossec, Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Marijana Pecarevic, Judith A. Pederson, Gemma Quilez-Badia, Jeroen W. Wijsman, Argyro Zenetos
2013, MITSG 13-14
Journal, book, proceeding reprints

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