MAR 530: Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

This course highlights the theory, challenges, and approaches for implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM). The course examines the history and background of fisheries management, leading to why more holistic approaches are being considered. A series of operational methods being used to implement EBFM, emphasizing technical efforts and models, are reviewed. The role of institutional structures and societal considerations in decision-making are explored to identify situations where EBFM can be successful.
(Spring semester, 2015 syllabus)
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Next offered: Spring 2017


MAR 580: Advanced Population Modeling for Management of Living Marine Resources

This course provides instruction, demonstration and exercises in advanced population modeling, as applied to fishery resources. A wide range of stock assessment methods will be developed through statistical programming to fit increasingly complex models to fishery data through estimation of parameters and their variance. Programming software, including Automatic Differentiation (AD) Model Builder, will be used for class assignments. The course is designed to train students to “have the ability to conduct high-quality scientific research in stock assessment, fishery population dynamics and related fields” (U.S. Dept. Commerce and U.S. Dept. Education 2008 NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/SPO-91). (Fall semester, co-taught with Steve Cadrin, 2015 syllabus)
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Next offered: Fall 2017


MAR 536: Biological Statistics II

Student-led learning in statistical analysis of ecological data. This course provides guided learning in advanced statistical analysis, as applied to ecological research and other fields of marine science. Advanced concepts in probability, hypothesis testing, and estimation will be presented by students, including analyses of example data sets and problems. Students will be required to learn selected methods independently, present topics to the class that are relevant to their graduate research and complete a class project. A computer lab, focused on introductory and intermediate programming and analysis using R, will be held for the first half of the semester. (Spring semester, co-taught with Steve Cadrin, 2016 syllabus)
Next offered: Spring 2017


MAR 580: Models for Marine Ecosystem-Based Management

This course provides instruction, demonstration, and exercises in quantitative modeling tools used for Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) of living marine resources. There is an increasing need for fisheries and wildlife professionals to provide scientific advice for management in an ecosystem context. Part 1 of the course will provide students with hands on experience applying fisheries stock assessment and population models that include ecosystem effects, and consider the policy implications of including this information. Part 2 of the course will focus on broader multiple-use and human dimensions and include economic and behavioral models and models for marine spatial planning. The final section of the course will introduce whole-of-ecosystem models and demonstrate how these can be used to provide strategic advice for marine management and consider a broad suite of objectives. Although the examples used will be in a marine context, the types of models and methods discussed in the course have application in other systems. (Spring semester, 2016 syllabus)
Next offered: Spring 2018


MAR 700-02: Graduate Seminar, Fisheries Oceanography

Weekly departmental seminar series (Organizing beginning Spring semeseter 2015).
Poster for current schedule (Fall 2015).
Poster for Spring 2015 schedule.
Links to video recordings of talks.