Meghna N. Marjadi

OEB PhD Candidate, Meghna Marjadi

PhD Candidate

B.S., McGill University, 2011

M.Sc., UMass-Amherst, 2016

Advisor: Allison H. Roy
Dissertation/thesis title: River herring conservation in freshwater: Investigating fish reproductive success and the educational value of citizen monitoring programs

Research Interests

Research : Generally, I am interested in how people interact with fishes. Specifically, I study anadromous fishes. Anadromous fishes, like salmon and alewife, are born in freshwater, travel to saltwater to mature, and ten return to their natal freshwater habitats to spawn. I am interested in how anadromous fishes and their freshwater and marine ecosystems fishes will respond to climate change, and ultimately, how these changes will influence local and global food security.

Outreach and Science Communication: In addition to pursuing environmental social science  research, one of my goals is to communicate science to the public in a clear and exciting way. In spring 2019, I will teach a Science Communication course for graduate students in STEM fields to introduce different methods of communicating science research, including film, writing, and images. Additionally, I serve as the Chair of the Managing Editing committee for the That's Life Science blog at UMass, a blog created and managed by graduate students in the life science to share their work and translate recent scientific discoveries for the general public. 


Marjadi, M. N., Roy, A. H., Jordaan, A., Gahagan, B. I., Armstrong, M. P., & Whiteley, A. R. (2018). Larger body size and earlier run timing increase alewife reproductive success in a whole lake experiment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, (ja).