Welcome to the RMA

The Resource Modeling Association was established over a quarter of a century ago and is unique among scientific societies because it brings together scientists and mathematicians from a diverse range of disciplines with a common interest in studying natural resources from a sustainable-use perspective. The natural resources of our planet are under incredible pressure to supply burgeoning human needs and this will only continue to increase.  Challenges are ever-present to ensure that resource use remains sustainable and that vital ecosystem services critical for our well-being, species biodiversity essential for the well-being of the global ecosystem, and ecosystem resilience to perturbation are conserved as far as practicable through responsible action. Such action must be informed and it is here that the integration of the quantitative and biological sciences can play a determining role.

Half a year has passed since we held our 20th annual meeting in Bordeaux, France where participants were treated to a superb and diverse range of presentations about the practical application of modeling to real world problems within a convivial collegiate atmosphere of friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. Preparations are now well advanced for our next meeting in June 2016.

I encourage you to consider joining with like-minded people and becoming a member of the RMA to assist you to grow your own professional network and participate in being part of the solution to the global challenge of natural resource management.

Sincerely,

Luc Doyen

RMA President

Each year I provide an annual auditor’s report of our accounts in accordance with US legislation for not for profit societies. In addition I keep the Board appraised of income and expenditure several times each year, with particular attention to conference funding. As well as income from membership fees and transactions associated with conferences, I also manage payments for various services such as the hosting of this website.

Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2018

Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2018
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year the most outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See http://resourcemodeling.org/lamberson/ or below for more details.

  • Only current RMA members are eligible for the award.
  • All papers published in Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2016-2017) will be considered automatically provided at least one of the authors is a current member.
  • Papers published in other journals may be nominated for consideration provided at least one of the co-authors is a current member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
  1. an electronic version of the paper in English,
  2. a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. Criteria below.

Send your nominations to <luc.doyen or to RMA contact from the website. The submission for the award 2018 will be closed on February 14, 2018.

The Lamberson prize will be delivered to the winners during the 2018 RMA conference to be held in Guangzhou, China on June 9-13, 2018.

Fall 2017

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Assistant or Associate Research Professor Position, Department of Fisheries Oceanography, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

Assistant or Associate Research Professor

Department of Fisheries Oceanography

We are accepting applications for a Research Faculty position in Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography. Candidates with quantitative expertise in fields related to living marine resource management are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: marine ecosystem science, fisheries stock assessment, management decision support, aquaculture, marine resource economics, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and the human dimensions of environmental change and marine governance.

Students and faculty within the SMAST Department of Fisheries Oceanography conduct cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary sciences related to interactions between marine organisms, the marine environment, and fisheries. We train early-career scientists in the techniques and theory of fisheries oceanography relevant to marine resource management, with emphasis on stock assessment, population dynamics, resource economics, physical and biological interactions, ecosystem modeling, fish behavior and conservation engineering, decision support, field studies, and collaborative research with fishermen. Graduate degree programs address the growing need for adept and broadly skilled marine scientists in federal and state agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

SMAST (www.umassd.edu/smast/) is the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the lead campus of Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) degree program of University of Massachusetts system. SMAST has twelve primary tenured and tenure-track faculty members, advising approximately 50 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students, with a total number of 100+ faculty, students, and staff of. The SMAST marine science campus includes a two-story, 32,500 square foot teaching and research building as well as a newly opened 64,100 square foot building, both located in New Bedford, the nation’s most economically productive fishing port. These facilities provide docking, house a combined 6,400 square foot seawater lab, a 90,000 gallon acoustic-optic tank, a state-of-the-art computational facility, flexible wet, dry, and computational research labs and researcher offices, flexible modern classroom and meeting spaces, the New Bedford office of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and facilities to support a research diving program.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active and productive research program, collaborate with existing SMAST faculty and scientists at regional partner institutions, and engage with managers and public on regional resource management issues. These are primarily grant-funded positions, with normally a 12-month term of service and the opportunity for multiple year and consecutive appointments. Opportunities exist within the position for teaching and for graduate student mentoring, and individuals demonstrating an interest in incorporating these activities into their research program will be viewed favorably. Research faculty within the Department of Fisheries Oceanography are paired with a faculty mentor to assist with professional development and help foster their career goals.

The Research Faculty Position is funded by the NOAA Fisheries Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST) program to support educating and training the next generation of ecosystem scientists, stock assessment scientists, and economists (www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/quest/index) through the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (www.cinar.org/home). The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.

To learn more about this position and the requirements, please go to our web site at: http://www.umassd.edu/hr/employmentopportunities/.

To apply please submit online a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of research and teaching goals, copies of no more than three publications, and the contact information for three professional references @ http://www.umassd.edu/hr/employmentopportunities/.

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and state and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

2-Year Postdoctoral Position at the University of Adelaide in in spatial analysis and modelling working on disaster risk reduction planning

Holger Maier from Adelaide University has a post-doc position (full time) in spatial analysis and modelling working on disaster risk reduction planning http://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/497855/university-postdoctoral-fellow

Please contact Holger if you require further information.

Professor Holger R. Maier, BE(Hons), PhD, MIEAust Professor of Integrated Water Systems Engineering Associate Editor, Environmental Modelling and Software
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering The University of Adelaide Adelaide SA 5005 Australia
Phone: +61 (0)8 8313 4139
Fax: +61 (0)8 8313 4359
E-mail: holger.maier
Home Page: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/holger.maier

Lecturer in Fisheries & Senior Lecturer in Aquatic microbiology (New positions available at Deakin, Australia) SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Deakin University, Australia is currently recruiting for a series of academic positions, including:
· Lecturer in Fisheries
· Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Microbiology
Given your expertise and areas of research, I would imagine you might be aware of someone (ideally young rising star) that could be interested in one of these positions. Or alternatively, please feel free to forward this message to your network. This would be much appreciated.

For those not aware of Deakin University and Australia, just a brief intro: Deakin is a young and dynamic university, currently the 6th largest university in Australia and rapidly growing for its international reputation. We have good history of research and teaching activities in marine, freshwater, fisheries and aquaculture and we are now further expanding, with substantial internal support, including a new marine station based at Queenscliff in coloration with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Department of Primary Industry.
Both positions will be based at Geelong (Waurn Ponds campus) and Queenscliff station. Therefore this would allow the successful applicant, if they like, to live somewhere on the Bellarine peninsula, in a breathtaking semi-rural coastal environment, few minutes away from the vibrant town of Geelong and one hour away from Melbourne (currently considered the most liveable city in the world). The salary package is also very nice, and Deakin provides one of the best university place where to establish an academic career. So in summary, not that bad at all!

In attachment you’ll find the two position descriptions and selection criteria. For further information, please visit: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/work-at-deakin/job-vacancies

Lecturer in Fisheries; Job ID170783
https://jobs.deakin.edu.au/psc/HCMP/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&_ga=2.130694218.415964149.1511732377-1208175237.1478232218

Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Microbiology; Job ID170782
https://jobs.deakin.edu.au/psc/HCMP/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&_ga=2.130694218.415964149.1511732377-1208175237.1478232218

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New Message (sent by contact form at Resource Modeling Association)

mpe18

The upcoming SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth will be held from September 13-15, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. All of the relevant information on the conference can be found at the URL below, including deadlines for submissions, travel fund applications, pre-registration, and hotel reservations:

http://www.siam.org/meetings/mpe18/

 

Three modelling positions at AgResearch in New Zealand – AND Postdoctoral position in hydroinformatics and water resources systems analysis at Oregon State University

Postdoctoral position in hydroinformatics and water resources systems analysis at Oregon State University

https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/50793

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position with expertise in water resources systems analysis, hydroinformatics, decision making under uncertainty, and multiobjective optimization. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head.

The position is expected to start on February 1, 2018. Duties include development and evaluation of a secure decision support system for coordination of adaptation planning among food, energy, and water actors in the Pacific Northwest. The candidate would be expected to assist with stakeholder engagement, develop computer codes to interface with simulation-optimization algorithms, design graphical user interfaces, conduct research experiments and publish the results in high caliber, peer reviewed journals? aide in the supervision and training of research assistants? assist with the development of research proposals? and participate in a variety of outreach activities.

Modelling positions at AgResearch, New Zealand

AgResearch is currently advertising three agricultural modelling or hydrology-oriented positions in our Systems Modelling Team.

https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails?ajid=yL2o8

This is a permanent senior position for someone with experience in developing and applying simulation models in agricultural settings and we are open to candidates with background expertise in soils, animals or plants. The appointee will be expected to demonstrate leadership and to foster and develop collaborations with our national and international colleagues.

https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails?ajid=YS2o8

This is one of two post-doctoral positions and is for two years (nominally starting in July 2018 but there is some flexibility here). This position requires someone with strong surface water hydrology or engineering skills and will be a combination of modelling and field experimentation. The work will be in collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of Physics at University of Auckland with are developing a novel proximal sensor that will detect the imminent arrival of surface saturation during irrigation events.

https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails?ajid=dY2o8

This is another two-year postdoctoral position, this one with a more general agricultural systems modelling focus. As with the more senior position we are open to a range of different background expertise and the appointee will be expected to actively work with our international collaborators.

Position Available: Great Barrier Reef Modeller

I want to bring to your attention a position that is now available as the Queensland Water Modelling Network Senior Research Fellow tasked with numerical modelling of the Great Barrier Reef, based at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. This is a prestigious position to undertake research to improve model functionality, capability and prediction for the Great Barrier Reef system. This unique system is critically threatened by a number of stressors. The numerical modelling will be used to better understand the interactions of these stressors, particularly those between the catchment and receiving waters, having consideration for the influence of land use/land management. The modelling will also examine climate change and policy interventions to sustain the Great Barrier Reef, address the threats to it, and prevent further loss and degradation of the Reef.

Reference: https://www.seek.com.au/job/34747369?cid=ios-share.

PhD position – Memorial University, Canada & CRIOBE France

PhD position
Integrating social ecological vulnerability assessments in
support of marine spatial planning and marine conservation

Memorial University, Canada & CRIOBE, France
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pn7hjydg8uln7gp/PhD_position_MUN_CRIOBE.pdf?dl=0

We are recruiting a PhD student with full funding that will look at how assessments of socio-ecological vulnerability (or other frameworks linking humans and nature to foster sustainability) can be used to support marine spatial planning (MSP) and marine conservation planning processes. The project will aim at developing/expan ding an approach for assessing social-ecological vulnerability and test it in different contexts, including for instance French Polynesian islands, Canada’s West and East coasts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters’ in geography, ecology, environmental sciences/studies or related disciplines with willingness to work at the interfaces with other disciplines. Strong academic standing, good communication skills in English and good work ethics are also required. While not required, academic or work experience in marine conservation and knowledge of French will be an asset. The student should ideally start in January 2018 and will be co-supervised by Drs Rodolphe Devillers (Memorial University, NL, Canada) and Joachim Claudet (CNRS, CRIOBE, France). The successful candidate will be registered at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and located at the Marine Geomatics Lab (www.marinegis.com) but may have to spend up to a year in the CRIOBE Lab (www.criobe.pf) in France or in French oversea territories. Memorial University is one of the largest Universities in Eastern Canada, having a strong focus on marine sciences, and also has some of the lowest tuitions in North America.

Before applying formally to the university, candidates should email Dr Devillers (joachim.claudet) before the end of October 2017, providing a short statement of interest, a CV mentioning three people that could provide references, and unofficial copies of university transcripts. Applications will be reviewed as they come and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.