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Spatial Processes in Stock Assessment Methods


National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.68.B8323 Juneau, AK 99801


Name E-mail Phone
Berger, Aaron M 541.231.1417
Deroba, Jonathan J 508.495.2310
Goethel, Daniel Richard 603.918.7869
Hanselman, Dana Henry 907.789.6626
Langseth, Brian J 808.725.5603
Schueller, Amy Marie 252.838.0815


The 2001 National Marine Fisheries Service Stock Assessment Improvement Plan identified spatial processes and analyses as a high priority research need for “next-generation assessments.” In the decade and a half since, there has been limited progress in developing frameworks for modeling spatial processes. Spatially explicit stock assessments may be able to assess abundance by spatial units and avoid the inconsistency in spatial scale among assessment and management. This project will involve collaboration with a group of stock assessment scientists from each NMFS regional Science Center. The candidate will likely oversee the project in coordination with the principal investigators. One of the primary duties will involve developing simulation models that emulate several existing nationally important stock assessments to explore scenarios for how fish movement, varying fishery effort and selectivity, and spatially varying biological processes affect the ability to assess and manage populations. Additional analyses will focus on determining which data are the most useful in conducting spatial assessment and the balance of spatial resolution and data sparsity. This project will require strong quantitative/analytical skills. Qualified applicants should have a background in population dynamics, stock assessment, applied mathematics, or theoretical ecology. Familiarity with databases and strong programming skills (R, AD Model Builder, Template Model Builder, e.g.) are highly desired.



Jones ML, Berger AM, et al: Stakeholder-centered development of a harvest control rule for Lake Erie walleye Sander vitreus, in Management science in fisheries: a practical introduction to simulation-based methods. Edwards C, Dankel D, eds. Taylor and Francis publishing, 448: 2015

Pilling GM, Berger AM, et al: Candidate biological and economic target reference points for the south Pacific albacore longline fishery. Fisheries Research 174: 167-178, 2016

Goethel DR, Quinn TJ II, Cadrin SX: Incorporating spatial structure in stock assessment: movement modelling in marine fish population dynamics. Reviews in Fisheries Science 19(2): 119-136, 2011

Hanselman DH, et al: Move it or lose it: Movement and mortality of sablefish tagged in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72(2): 238-25, 2015


Assessment; Fish; Stock structure; Mathematics; Statistics; Simulation; Estimation; Population dynamics; Ecology; Stock assessment; Simulation models; Fisheries science; Fisheries management; Spatial ecology; Movement; Selectivity; Quantitative;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $3,000.00

$2,000 Location Supplement


Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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