Richard A. Wahle is a Research Professor in the School of Marine Sciences and is based at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center on the coast. Rick arrived at UMaine in 2009 after 15 years as a research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. His research sits at the cross-roads of ecology, oceanography, and fishery science. He has a particular passion for trying to understand the uncertainties faced by marine life in a sometimes hostile environment. He and his graduate students work closely with fishery managers and the fishing industry in evaluating the forecasting power of the index for trends in lobster abundance.