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.

Montréal 2019

Great conference in Montreal!! Thanks to organizers and HEC We wait you in Valparaiso-Chile for the next conference in January 2020 (first time in South America) More information in

DeLara introduced an interesting new indicator for Management Strategy Evaluation. Expected value of an indicator (e.g. spawning biomass) conditional on the indicator being below the reference point. want it to be above a threshold-Leads to more precaution

This week im (Emma  @emmajhudgins) at with my collaborator Mark Ambrose from where we are presenting 2 different talks on pest risk to urban trees! Here he is discussing risk to US palms from coconut rhinoceros beetle ?

11:27 AM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

gives us rules of thumb when using Demographic Distribution Models to deal with spatial autocorrelation in SDMs – populations must be measured below a minimum size that increases with overcompensatory behaviour. Most promising for use with invasives


12:05 PM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

Ignoring species interactions in fisheries stock assessments results in higher bias than ignoring process or measurement error by Vanessa Trijoulet at

12:20 PM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

Congrats to the 2 Student Presentation ! – Emma Hudgins from McGill University:  Estimating the economic damages of United States invasive forest pests – Etienne Lorang from CEC/INRA:  Recycling under environmental, climate and resource constraints.

2 professor positions, Leiden: Spatial aspects of natural resource management (CML) and Governance of Sustainability (Policy science institute)

Two professor positions for the Sustainable Futures program at Leiden University (CML and Institute of Public Administration)

Organization: Leiden University

Department: CML and Institute of Public Administration

Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Type: Academic Positions

MCED Award for young modelers 2019 Reminder

MCED Award for young modelers 2019 Reminder

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to remind you of the approaching deadline (July 10th 2019)
for the MCED Award for young modelers. The intention of the award is to
foster the development and application of modern ecological modeling
methods that can help to expand the understanding of complex ecological
Please visit the award web site
for more details.
Please distribute to potentially interested candidates


16th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifica l Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile 29?31 January 2020

16th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile 29–31 January 2020


PhD project: modelling shoreline vegetation, The University of Melbourne

PhD project with industry funding, The University of Melbourne, on modelling shoreline vegetation at Lake Victoria, NSW (Expressions of interest close 14 July 2019). https://nrmjobs.com.au/jobs/preview/20003309/a?

Employment Opportunities


“World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (WCNRM 2020) – Valparaiso – Chile (January 8-10, 2020)

RMA Announcement:

Dear colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (WCNRM 2020), from the Resource Modeling Association (RMA) 
will be held on January 8-10, 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile. Further conference information can be found below and at http://www.am2v.cl/wcnrm2020/

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile
Dates: January 8-10, 2020
Deadline abstracts submission: October 15, 2019 
Twitter hashtag: #WCNRM2020
Conference’s website (plenary speakers, submission, venue, registration, etc.):    

Conference’s email (questions, requirements, suggestions, etc.): wcnrm2020@usm.cl
Notice that January is peak season in Chile (summer time). We strongly recommend to book flights and accommodation as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you in Chile.

Research Associate, Ecosystem Risk, Deakin University

Postdoctoral research associate position available at Deakin University, to work on new project on ecosystem risk assessment, funded by the Australian Research Council: “Ecosystem risk assessment: new solutions to the global biodiversity crisis”.

Summary: This project aims to develop a typological framework for the world’s ecosystems, and undertake the first broadscale global risk assessment for ecosystems. It also includes detailed Australian risk assessments and scenario analyses to develop sustainable management of ecosystem services and climate adaptation strategies, with a focus on Alpine ecosystems.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will initiate and conduct research in ecosystem risk assessment, management and conservation. S/he will undertake risk assessments of Australian ecosystems, building on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems protocol, and undertake scenario analyses to inform the sustainable management of ecosystem services and climate adaptation strategies, with a focus on alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems.

The postdoc will work closely with the team at Deakin (Emily Nicholson Rebecca Lester & Susanna Venn) and project partner Tracey Regan(DELWP). For more information, and to apply for the position, please visit the position description on the Deakin website. 

This is a full-time, 3 year fixed-term position based at the Melbourne Burwood campus and classified at Research Fellow Grade 1 (Level A) with salary in the range of $86,479 p.a + 17% superannuation. Ideal starting date is July/august, but we are flexible for the right candidate.

TeamDavid Keith (UNSW), Emily Nicholson (Deakin), James Watson (UQ), Nick Murray(UNSW), Rebecca Lester (Deakin), Susanna Venn (Deakin), Richard Kingsford (UNSW), Lucie Bland (Deakin), Jon Paul Rodriguez (IUCN), Tony Auld (NSW OEH), Tracey Regan(DELWP), Hedley Grantham (WCS), Mark Tozer (NSW OEH)

Project partnersIUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), ProvitaWildlife Conservation SocietyNSW Office of Environment and HeritageVictoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning


Spring 2019

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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.

Recently we held our 23rd annual meeting in Montreal, Canada 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 underway for our next meeting to be held in the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile during 8-10 January 2020.

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.


Frank van Langevelde

RMA President