the experts

Foy Brown

Foy Brown, of the JO Brown and Sons Boatyard on North Haven, Maine is a lifelong island resident, community leader and a seasoned lobsterman. His family has owned the JO Brown and Sons Boatyard for more than 100 years, spanning 5 generations.

Diane Cowan

Diane Cowan founded The Lobster Conservancy in 1996 with her vision of building a bridge to join all of those sharing the common goal of maintaining a strong and healthy lobster resource. She stands out as a research scientist and educator in the academic, government and non-profit sectors. Diane earned her Ph.D. from the Boston University Marine Program as a Presidential University Graduate Fellow in 1992. She taught as Assistant Professor at Bates College from 1992-1994. Diane served the State of Maine's Department of Marine Resources as chief lobster biologist and leader of the Division of Biological Monitoring for the lobster, shrimp, herring and urchin fisheries during 1998-1999. In 1999-2000, Diane continued her studies as a Marine Policy Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and in 2005 as a Senior Research Fellow. Diane continues her research as Senior Scientist at The Lobster Conservancy. Diane is the Principal Investigator for the Lobster Sonar Tracking Project and Juvenile Lobster Monitoring Program.

Dierdre Gilbert

Deirdre Gilbert is the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Maine Resources (DMR). The State of Maine is responsible for fisheries management out to three miles, and for coordinating with federal, interstate and state agencies for cross-jurisdictional species. The state legislature, through the Marine Resources Committee, directs development of state policy and oversees all legislation regarding conservations and development of marine resources. The Department of Marine Resources is the state agency with delegated authority for managing fisheries within state waters and implementing and enforcing legislation.

Stephen Kress

Stephen W. Kress is Vice President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Director of the Society's Maine Coast Seabird Sanctuaries. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also the author of many popular birding books, including The Audubon Guide to Attracting Birds, The National Audubon Society's Birder's Handbook, The Bird Garden, Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock, Saving Birds, Golden Guide to Bird Life, and others. As director of Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin), Steve advises and manages the development of techniques for re-establishing various Maine seabird colonies, such as Atlantic Puffins, Leach's Storm-Petrel, and Arctic, Common, and Roseate Terns. During most of the year, Steve lives on 33 acres of woods and meadows near Ithaca, New York with his wife Elissa Wolfson, where he manages his land for songbirds. He spends summers on the Maine coast, continuing his lifelong interest in restoring nesting seabird colonies.

Sherm Stanley

Sherman M. Stanley, is a lifelong fisherman/lobsterman and a role model in the Monhegan community where his family has lived since the late 1800s. Sherm retired in the 1990s, but he continues to pass along his history and the history of the island through the vivid and authentic stories he tells.

Carl Wilson
Chief Lobster Biologist, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Carl Wilson is the Chief Lobster Biologist for the Maine Department of Maine Resources (DMR). He was born in Bangor, Maine and spent his childhood summers at his family’s house on Isle Au Haut on the eastern side of Penobscot Bay. It was on Isle Au Haut that his interest for the marine environment and fisheries took hold at an early age. In 1995, Carl received his BS in Marine and Freshwater Biology from UNH. Following graduation, he accepted an internship that resulted in graduate study work with Dr. Robert Steneck at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Working with Dr. Steneck, Carl received his first introduction to lobster science and the interface with the fishing industry. In 1999 Carl completed his MS in Oceanography. After a brief stint with the Island Institute, Carl accepted a position with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Since joining the DMR, Carl’s interests have focused on where experimental fisheries ecology can inform management. Recently Carl has lead cooperative trapping experiments on Monhegan Island and in Tenants Harbor.

Colin Woodward

Colin Woodard is a Maine native and an award-winning journalist who has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. He is best known for the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking Press, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine and has also written Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans; and The Republic of Pirates: Being The True And Surprising Story Of The Caribbean Pirates And The Man Who Brought Them Down.