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.


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.

Researcher in Numerical Ecology IFREMER

Job title : Researcher in Numerical Ecology

Reference:  PV-2019-058

Department/Office :  Département Oceanographie et Dynamique des Ecosystemes

Unité de recherche Dynamique des Ecosystèmes Côtiers

Laboratoire Ecologie Benthique Côtière

Duty station:  Brest, Bretagne, FR , France

Starting date on the job :

Deadline for applications : 10/04/2019


The Institute and the recruiting departement

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.


Description de l’offre:

The recruiting department

DYNECO (Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems) research unit is part of the ODE « Oceanography and Ecosystems Dynamic » Department. Its main objective is to study how coastal ecosystems respond to anthropogenic or natural pressures. DYNECO conducts scientific activities and expert assessments in this field. DYNECO strategy relies on the analysis of physical, biogeochemical, and biological processes and is based on experimentations, in-situ observations and modelling. The main research areas are related to: i) dissolved and particulate matter fluxes within marine coastal ecosystems, ii) diversity and functioning of ecological communities and of their habitats, iii) perturbations at the population scales. Within DYNECO, the Coastal Benthic Ecology Laboratory (LEBCO) focuses on the explanation of structures and associated functionalities of benthic coastal ecosystems and the Pelagic Ecology Laboratory (PELAGOS) deals with biogeochemical fluxes, dynamics and functional diversity of plankton communities, with special interest in toxic microalgae, in response to anthropogenic pressures.

Numerical ecology has been developing to test and apply theories in ecology and help analyzing complex datasets made of heterogeneous data, e.g. remote sensing, monitoring surveys, outputs of mathematical models, meteorological and climatic drivers, molecular ecology, etc. Applications deal with ecological niche, changes in spatial distribution, phenology of target species and long-term changes of communities in relation to global change. As a numerical ecologist, the scientist will work in collaboration with DYNECO benthos and plankton ecologists to address these scientific issues along the lines of DYNECO research roadmap and the new Ifremer strategic plan.

General areas of responsibility

The scientist will contribute to a better understanding and assessment of ecological changes. By developing and applying innovative statistical tools and using data collected within Ifremer monitoring surveys and scientific projects, he/she will address key ecological questions in the context of global change and ecological forecasting.

Main activities

The scientist will develop original research projects with other scientists working on benthos and plankton ecology and more specifically:

  • Develop and analyze indicators of coastal ecosystem functioning accounting for the spatial and temporal patterns of species assemblages, genetic and functional diversity,
  • Apply statistical methods to analyze within- and between species interactions and contribute to the formulation of deterministic ecological models regarding population/community,
  • Model spatial distribution and temporal succession of species and functional groups, identify the effect of environmental drivers and predict the responses to global changes,
  • Develop and prospect new statistical methods and tools of interest for applications in marine ecology, e.g. deep learning methods.

To carry out these tasks, he/she write proposals, participate to research projects and (co-) supervise Master students, PhD students and post-doctoral scientists in collaboration with DYNECO ecologists. He/she will develop national and international collaborations and communicate his findings by writing papers in international scientific journals and presenting his results in international conferences. He will contribute to Ifremer support of public policy through his expertise in his field of research.

Collaborative work environment

  • Internal collaborative relationship : benthos and plankton ecologists in DYNECO and other research units (Unité Littoral, EMH, etc.), and interactions with other relevant disciplines (e.g. physical oceanographs, sedimentologists, etc.),
  • External collaborative relationship : national and international collaborations with Universities,  Research Institutes and groups of research involved in numerical ecology.

Profil recherché

PhD in Ecology or Statistics with strong experience in numerical ecology.

Required knowledge, skills and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities

– Strong background in Statistics, data analysis and ecology

– Experience in programming with softwares such as R

– Good writing skills

– Good English writing and speaking skills.

  • Human qualities

– Motivation for working in a team and for student supervision

– Capacity to propose and explore new ideas

– Scientific rigor, organizational and communication skills.

How to apply for this full-time position

Deadline for applications: 10/04/2019

All applications are processed exclusively via our website.



Interested candidates can apply by clicking the “Apply” button. 



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Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2019

Dear RMA members,
I wish you a very happy new year 2019.
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Emeritus Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year an outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See http://resourcemodeling.org/lamberson/ or below for more details.
All papers published in journal Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2017-2018) 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 RMA member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
  • an electronic version of the paper in English,
  • a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. 
Send me your nominations  <luc.doyen@u-bordeaux.fr> or to RMA contact http://resourcemodeling.org/contact_us/. The submission for the 2019 award will be closed on January 31, 2019.
Luc Doyen
President RMA

Research Fellow Grade 1 or 2, Ecosystem Modeller Griffith University 


About Griffith University
At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We’re proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Griffith Centre for Coastal Management team bring this to life by developing services that differentiate, innovate and make a difference in the fields of climate and coastal research.

The opportunity
We are currently looking for an Ecosystem Modeller to be responsible for the development a of movement and migration model for marine mammals. The primary focus of this role is to develop, implement and verify an ecosystem model. Success in this role requires working closely with the research team of a marine biologist and oceanographer, and external collaborators.

This position involves designing and implementing models to investigate the potential impact of climate change on whales in the Southern Hemisphere. Working with an international project team which includes marine mammal experts tasked with describing marine mammal behaviour in response to ocean conditions (physical, chemical, biological) and physical oceanographers tasked with modelling future physical ocean conditions, your research will assist in bridging gaps between physical, chemical and biological parameters and ecosystem responses of marine mammals.

This is a fixed-term (two year), full-time position based at the Gold Coast campus, Queensland, Australia. The position may be extended a further 12 months subject to the candidate meeting project milestones.

About you
The successful candidate will be highly numerate with experience setting up and running marine ecosystem and/or biogeochemical models or models in related fields. Experience working with end-to-end marine ecosystem models such as OSMOSE, Ecospace/Ecosim, ATLANTIS, SEAPODYM, INVITRO or similar is highly valued. Experience with parallel computing is also beneficial. The candidate should be comfortable working with biogeochemical model outputs (e.g. MERRA-NOBM) and the various ocean observation datasets (e.g. SeaWIFS).

Salary range
Research Fellow Grade 1: $72,344 – $84,882 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $84,643 – $99,312 per annum.

Research Fellow Grade 2: $92,511 – $109,860 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $108,238 -$128,536 per annum.

Level of appointment offered will be dependant on qualifications and experience.

How to apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services, etc.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.
Note: Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only. File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer
Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland.

At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information
For further information about this role, please contact Dr Olaf Meynecke, Research Fellow on +61 (0) 7 5552 7822.

For application queries, please contact Ms Kaitlin Reents, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 6614.

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV’s from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to Line Managers.

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