Elizabeth Fairchild

Phone: (603) 862-4475
Office: Biological Sciences, Kendall Hall Rm 215, Durham, NH 03824

My research is concentrated in two marine fisheries science fields, which often overlap: 1) ecology and management, and 2) aquaculture and stock enhancement. My fisheries ecology and management research focus on cooperative research with the recreational and commercial fishing industries to study movements, distribution, and essential fish habitat of economically important species in the Gulf of Maine and southern New England waters. My aquaculture research strives to assist the aquaculture industry, either through experimentation designed to improve hatchery protocols or via analyses to identify industry needs. Other projects I have worked on involve the development of marine finfish stock enhancement programs, specifically winter flounder in the Northeast, the cultivation of other potential aquaculture species, and the development of alternative ingredients in fish feeds.

Courses Taught

  • TECH 797: Undergrad Ocean Research Prog


  • Ph.D., Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Aquaculture/Hydroponics
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Fish and Fisheries
  • Fisheries Management
  • Marine and Ocean Sciences
  • Marine Biology

Selected Publications

  • McBride, R. S., Fairchild, E. A., Press, Y. K., Elzey, S. P., Adams, C. F., & Bentzen, P. (2022). A Life History Study of Atlantic Wolffish Resolves Bias and Imprecision in Length‐ and Age‐at‐Maturity Schedules by Recognizing Abortive Maturation. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 14(5). doi:10.1002/mcf2.10222

  • Le Francois, N. R., Fairchild, E. A., Nardi, G., & Dupont-Cyr, B. -A. (2021). The status of spotted wolffish, Anarhichas minor: A commercially ready species for US marine aquaculture?. JOURNAL OF THE WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY, 52(3), 509-525. doi:10.1111/jwas.12793

  • Fairchild, E. A., Bergman, A. M., & Trushenski, J. T. (2017). Production and nutritional composition of white worms Enchytraeus albidus fed different low-cost feeds. AQUACULTURE, 481, 16-24. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.08.019

  • Fairchild, E., Walsh, M., Trushenski, J., Cullen, K., & Chambers, M. (2017). White worms – a low cost live feed for the ornamental industry. (Iss. No. 224-2017). Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center.

  • Fairchild, E. A. (2017). Indications of Offshore Spawning by Southern Gulf of Maine Winter Flounder. MARINE AND COASTAL FISHERIES, 9(1), 493-503. doi:10.1080/19425120.2017.1365786

  • Fairchild, E. A., Siceloff, L., Howell, W. H., Hoffman, B., & Armstrong, M. P. (2013). Coastal spawning by winter flounder and a reassessment of Essential Fish Habitat in the Gulf of Maine. FISHERIES RESEARCH, 141, 118-129. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.05.007

  • Fairchild, E. A., Fleck, J., & Howell, W. H. (2005). Determining an optimal release site for juvenile winter flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus (Walbaum) in the Great Bay Estuary, NH, USA. AQUACULTURE RESEARCH, 36(14), 1374-1383. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2005.01355.x

  • Fairchild, E. A., & Howell, W. H. (2004). Factors affecting the post-release survival of cultured juvenile Pseudopleuronectes americanus. JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY, 65, 69-87. doi:10.1111/j.0022-1112.2004.00529.x

  • Fairchild, E. A., & Howell, W. H. (2001). Optimal stocking density for juvenile winter flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus. JOURNAL OF THE WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY, 32(3), 300-308. doi:10.1111/j.1749-7345.2001.tb00453.x

  • Fairchild, E. A., & Howell, W. H. (2000). Predator-prey size relationship between Pseudopleuronectes americanus and Carcinus maenas. JOURNAL OF SEA RESEARCH, 44(1-2), 81-90. doi:10.1016/S1385-1101(00)00037-X

  • Most Cited Publications