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.

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).


PML advertising for bio-economic modeller

Apologies for cross-posting but I would be grateful if you can consider
if you know anyone for the following open-ended post in my group and
circulate the advert please

PML has an open-ended position for a Bio-economic modeller to support
their Sea and Society group and its currently funded projects, and to
lead future development of aspects of economic modelling. They should
have skills and experience in at least one of the following areas:

•bio-economic modelling of fisheries and aquaculture

•economic modelling of ecosystem services and benefits

•bio-economic decision support tool development using probabilistic
graphical modelling/machine learning

Further details at




Prof Melanie Austen
/Head of Science: Sea and Society/
/Coordinator: EU VECTORS/
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
Plymouth PL1 3DH
Tel: +44 (0)1752 633489/633100
Fax: +44(0)1752 633101