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.

WCERE/2018: Call for Thematic and Policy Sessions

WCERE 2018 - 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists | Gothenburg (Sweden), 25-29 June 2018
CALL FOR THEMATIC AND POLICY SESSIONS
Deadline: 31 January 2018

www.wcere2018.org

The 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) will take place in Gothenburg from June 25 to June 29, 2018.

After Venice (1998), Monterey (2002), Kyoto (2006), Montréal (2010) and Istanbul (2014), the profession will convene on the beautiful Swedish west coast. WCERE 2018 is hosted by the Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. The conference is jointly organized by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAAERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).

There will be two types of pre-organized sessions at WCERE 2018 for which proposals are now invited.

(1) THEMATIC SESSIONS aim to advance theory and methods in the field of environmental and resource economics. They normally consist of three or four papers connected by a unifying theme (subject or method). The theme is expected to be of interest to a relatively broad audience of environmental and resource economists. The individual papers are expected to be of very high quality, both with respect to scientific content and presentation. The Scientific Committee will select a limited number of proposed Thematic Sessions based on scientific quality and originality. The thematic sessions will run in parallel in much the same way as regular parallel sessions.

(2) POLICY SESSIONS aim to advance the application of environmental and resource economics in policy-making and to provide a forum of exchange between policy-makers and academics. Sessions are expected to be of interest to a broad audience of research economists. They will typically be formatted as formal presentations or as roundtable discussions. Papers are not required. The Scientific Committee will select a limited number of proposed Policy Sessions based on significance and originality. The Policy sessions will also run in parallel in much the same way as regular parallel sessions.

Proposal, guidelines and rules

(1) THEMATIC SESSION: To propose a Thematic Session, the Organizer(s) should send an email entitled “Thematic Session” to programme_wcere2018 with the following information:

  • Name(s) of the Thematic Session’s Organizer(s).
  • Proposed title of the Thematic Session.
  • A short description of the theme, including a motivation and an explanation how the three papers individually and jointly bear on the theme.
  • Title, author names, and at least a 100-word abstract for EACH of the three papers included in the Session. Full papers are also encouraged.

For their organizers, THEMATIC SESSIONS entail particular responsibilities:

  • Thematic Session Organizer(s) must commit to attend WCERE 2018 and to chair the specific Thematic Session.
  • Thematic Session Organizer(s) are responsible for ensuring that the Session contributors are aware of and follow the rules below.
  • There are no dedicated financial resources to support Thematic Sessions. All nominated participants in a Thematic Session have to pay the WCERE conference registration fees. No discount on the registration fees can be provided.
  • All papers in the Session must be submitted and participants registered by May 8, 2018.

(2) POLICY SESSION: To propose a policy session, the Organizer(s) should send an email entitled "Policy Session" to programme_wcere2018 with the following information:

  • Name(s) of the Policy Session’s Organizer(s).
  • Proposed title of the Policy Session.
  • A short description of the theme and its policy relevance to environmental or natural resource economists.
  • Titles, speaker names, brief bios, and a brief description of the speaker’s expertise and expected contribution to the session.
  • Any other documentation such as background papers that the Organizer wishes to refer to as fundamental for the Session.
  • All participants in the Session must be registered by May 8, 2018.

For their organizers, POLICY SESSIONS entail particular responsibilities:

  • Policy Session Organizer(s) must commit to attend WCERE 2018 and to chair their Session (or appoint a person who does this in their place).
  • Policy Session Organizer(s) are responsible for ensuring that the Session contributors are aware of and follow the rules below.
  • There are no dedicated financial resources to support Policy Sessions. However, policy-makers contributing to a Policy Session qualify for free access to WCERE 2018 on the day of their session. No further access or discounts on registration fees can be provided.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 31st January 2018.
Notification of the decision by the Scientific Committee is scheduled for 28 Feb 2018.

AERE Representative: Gernot Wagner, Harvard University
EAAERE Representative: Shunsuke Managi, Kyushu University
EAERE Representative: Ben Groom, London School of Economics
Local Organizing Committee Representative: Fredrik Carlsson, University of Gothenburg

WCERE 2018 Scientific Programme Committee Co-chairs

Keynote Speakers
Nava Ashraf – London School of Economics, UK
Meredith Fowlie – University of California, USA
Lata Gangadharan – Monash University, Australia
David Hendry – Oxford University, UK

PhD and Masters positions in Conservation Science in Tennessee

We are starting a new research initiative in Conservation Science here at University of Tennessee building on a number of new faculty hires that we have made in the area.

We are now looking to recruit a cohort of excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this effort. We will be offering fully funded studentships for students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study.

We would be very grateful for any help you can give with getting the word out to potential applicants.

1. The details about the opportunity are given here: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/con-sci-grads/

2. I have also attached a US letter sized poster version of the same information.

3. Finally, if social media will work better, here it is at 140 characters.

“ Funded PhD & Masters in Conservation Science at U Tennessee. Great for US & international applicants. http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/con-sci-grads

Thank you in anticipation of any help that you can give with getting the word out to prospective students.

Paul Armsworth

Paul R. Armsworth,

Professor,

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,

University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

http://web.utk.edu/~parmswor

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Post-doc – Tag-integrated fish population model & stock assessment (France)

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to join our group for a 2-years post-doctoral fellow (starting late 2017-early 2018) based in the Fisheries Ecology group, research unit Ecology and Ecosystem Health, Agrocampus Ouest (Rennes, France).

The researcher will develop integrated population dynamic models to explore the meta-population dynamics of nursery-dependent flatfish in the Eastern Channel, and its consequences on stock assessment and for spatial management.

A detailed description of the post-doctoral position in attached to the present email.

For further information and application, please contact Dr Etienne RIVOT ; Agrocampus Ouest, UMR ESE Ecology and Ecosystem Health, Fisheries Ecology Group ; Etienne.rivot ; tel : +33 2 23 48 59 34.

The closing date for application is 30th of September 2017. Please apply preferentially by email, enclosing your CV.

Please distribute this message to anyone that you think may be interested or to any group or institution that might have suitable candidates.

Yours sincerely,

Etienne

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Subject: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Recruitment has been reopened for an exciting postdoctoral researcher opportunity.

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Organization: University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Partner organization: NOAA Fisheries, Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Project summary: NOAA Fisheries has identified a need for ecosystem-based management to fully support 21st century stewardship of our oceans and coasts. Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) are a next generation tool designed to incorporate ecological processes in decision making and transfer scientific knowledge to managers and stakeholders. When fully implemented, IEAs have the power to quantify ecosystem services and feed into Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs). This project will involve collaboration with fisheries oceanographers, stock assessment scientists, ecosystem modelers, natural resource economists, commercial fishermen’s organizations, tribal entities, and non-profit research organizations.

Statement of Work: Dr. Gordon Kruse will supervise the post-doctoral researcher. The NOAA Program Manager (Dr. Moss) and Dr. Kerim Aydin of NOAA/NMFS will provide additional substantive guidance on this collaborative GOA IEA program effort. Primary duties of the post-doctoral researcher will involve: (1) developing a conceptual model, or series of models that emulate the major ecological functions of the GOA; (2) an overarching Gulf of Alaska-wide plan for the Alaska IEA Program; and (3) the drafting of a proposal for a regional IEA specific to Southeast Alaska. Additional analyses will focus on determining which data are the most useful for ecosystem indicators. This project will require strong quantitative/analytical skills, including a background in population dynamics, stock assessment, applied mathematics, or theoretical ecology, as well as familiarity with databases and strong programming skills (e.g., R, AD Model Builder, and Template Model Builder).

Specific Duties of the Postdoctoral Researcher (in collaboration with Alaska IEA team members):

  • Develop conceptual model(s) of the Gulf of Alaska by combining new information from the recently completed Gulf of Alaska Project (NPRB) with that existing in the literature;
  • Develop an overarching plan for the IEA Program in the Gulf of Alaska;
  • Develop a proposal for a regional IEA for coastal Southeast Alaska;
  • Contribute to innovative statistical and mathematical models to better assess and incorporate environmental drivers and/or ecosystem indicators in the ecosystem assessments, fisheries stock assessments, and management strategy evaluations;
  • Provide technical and scientific manuscripts for publication and participates in the development of scientific manuscripts for publication with Alaska IEA team members; and
  • Carry out projects as a full member of a research team and as an independent researcher.

Deliverables of the Postdoctoral Researcher:

  • Conceptual model(s) of the Gulf of Alaska
  • Comprehensive strategic plan for the GOA IEA(s)
  • Proposal for Southeast Alaska IEA
  • Secure partnerships through stakeholder involvement and outreach by hosting stakeholder workshops and in person meetings

Qualifications: PhD or advanced degree in fisheries, biological oceanography, quantitative ecology, biology, zoology, or biological oceanography, mathematics, or statistics. Appropriate experience or additional education, including evidence of statistical work such as: field sampling, computing, and analyzing statistical data.

Salary: Commensurate with experience plus benefits. See: http://www.alaska.edu/benefits/

Contact: Dr. Gordon H. Kruse. Phone: Gordon.Kruse

Apply online: http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/505316/post-doctoral-fellow

Include: Cover letter describing your interest and experience relevant to the position, CV with contact information for three professional references, letter of recommendation from adviser, and pdfs of publications.

Closing Date: Please submit applications by 11:55 pm AKST on 8/1/2017, when application reviews begin. Applications close on 9/1/2017.

Three CSIRO vacancies

Three vacancies at CSIRO that are now live on the external website.

Here are the links:

https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Brisbane%2C-QLD-Marine-Resource-Economist/417405000/

https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Brisbane%2C-QLD-Senior-Marine-Population-Dynamicist/417405400/

https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Hobart%2C-TAS-Population-Dynamicist/417405800/

Closing date is 1 Sept 2017

New vacancies at DTU

Sinceras gracias a los organizadores de la conferencia de la Fundación Pau Costa

The Barcelona conference organising team from Pau Costa Foundation

World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling

The 2017 Barcelona Conference is rapidly drifting into the past and preparations have begun for what promises to be another outstanding event, this time at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, during 9-13 June 2018. I want to thank the Pau Costa Foundation for the organisational efforts that ensured the 2017 event ran smoothly. Particular thanks are due to Núria Prat-Guitart who worked tirelessy, ably assisted by Anna Fàbrega and the rest of their team of local hosts. In China there will once again be a terrific line-up of interesting speakers and some great opportunities for social interaction among like minded researchers. I recommend that you start planning now and make a commitment to participate, catching up with old acquaintances or expanding your research network. Those of you who joined me and most of the RMA Board in Barcelona can attest to the enjoyment experienced during these meetings with their relaxed, friendly, and collegiate atmosphere in locations amidst magnificently diverse natural environments. Students, early career researchers, and those with substantial experience and achievement,  intermingle in an unpretentious manner which is why many of us have kept coming back each year. I sincerely hope that you will join me at our next meeting and look forward to seeing you in Guangzhou in 2018.

5 new jobs!

See 5 adverts for 5 new positions to work in my ERC team on data assimilation, ocean modelling and
ocean observations. Please send them around to potential candidates,
or post them in places you see fit.

Thanks,
Peter Jan

PS PDRA means postdoc…

PDRA Causality
https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=1138

PDRA Data Assimilation
https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=1137

PDRA Ocean Modelling & Data Assimilation
https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=1136

PDRA Ocean Observation Analysis
https://jobs.reading.ac.uk//displayjob.aspx?jobid=1135

Computational Scientist
https://jobs.reading.ac.uk//displayjob.aspx?jobid=1139#

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Two post-doc positions

Colleagues and I are currently looking for two post-doctoral candidates to collaborate on spatio-temporal models:

1. 2.5 years of funding to understand environmental drivers of pelagic fish distribution near Vancounver Island BC, including impacts on predator-prey dynamics and natural mortality (details at Jennifer.Boldt), Jim Thorson (James.Thorson), and Robyn Forrest (Robyn.Forrest@dfo-mpo. gc.ca).

2. 1 year of funding to understand how best to estimate length-structure for tropic tuna species, in preparation for an international CAPAM meeting on the topic in March 2018 (details at semmens), Jim Thorson (James.Thorson), and Mark Maunder (mmaunder).

I’m also happy to point out several new papers demonstrating spatio-temporal analysis using FishStats models including:

1. Multispecies models for interactions using package MIST: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecy.1760/full
2. Showing improvement in assessment models given spatio-temporal index standardization using package SpatialDeltaGLMM: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0137#.WRxln_nytaQ
3. Attributing distribution shift to climate and age-structured dynamics using package VAST: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/faf.12225/full
4. Synthesizing 10+ data sets to estimate distribution for input to ecosystem models using package SpatialDeltaGLMM: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016578361730111X
5. Standardizing fishery-dependent data while accounting for fisher targeting using package VAST: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0598#.WRxnQvnytaQ

and the many exciting papers in the forthcoming CJFAS special issue on spatial stock assessment models.

Finally, Mark Maunder, Brice Semmens and I are organizing a CAPAM meeting in La Jolla for Feb. 26-March 2, 2018 on spatio-temporal models for analyzing compositional and fishery data! We look forward to hearing about the diverse work in this topic, and will organizing a special issue (maybe in ICES JMS).

cheers,
Jim