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.

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

Postdoctoral announcement

Please find below a Postdoc announcement to be hosted in Ifremer, Brest.



The objective is the evaluation of the impact of climate change at the

horizon 2100 on the populations of anchovy and sardine in the Bay of

Biscay. This study will rely on mechanistic modelling at population

scale based on an Individual-Based Modelling (IBM) approach and on the

Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory. Growth and reproduction will be

represented at the individual level throughout the life cycle, and

included in a population model to analyze the recruitment process, which

is key in the dynamics of these populations. This study is part of the

European H2020 CERES project. The environmental forcing will be

extracted from the coupled model POLCOMS-ERSEM from the project partner

Plymouth Marine Laboratory and will cover the period 1960-2099 under

different climate change IPCC scenarios. A first step will focus on

model calibration, especially the natural mortality parameters, on a

hindcast period impacted by fishery, as well as on validation using

abundance information. A second step will concern the analysis of the

specific response to climate change in the Bay of Biscay. Finally it is

suggested to consider other European regions of the current area of

distribution and investigate the regional trend of expansion or

retraction for the populations of both species.

Additional information is available at :


Postdoctoral Associate – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University

Postdoctoral Associate

Innovative and highly motivated candidates with strong track records of research productivity are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Associate position with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. The position will involve interdisciplinary research that integrates spatial, socioeconomic, and environmental sciences, with a focus on the operationalization of the telecoupling framework (socioeconomic and environmental interactions between coupled human-natural systems over distances, http:///www.telecoupling.org). The successful candidate will have opportunities to work and collaborate on one or more of the following tasks:

  • Develop spatially-explicit models and tools to describe and quantify socioeconomic and environmental interactions between coupled human-natural systems
  • Compile and collect socioeconomic and environmental data at local, regional, national, and international scales to quantify various factors affecting feedbacks between global food security and land use
  • Analyze and synthesize multi-scale data to understand relationships among various factors to facilitate modeling of feedbacks between food security and land use
  • Modify or integrate existing global trade modeling approaches (e.g. GTAP, PEATSim) into the telecoupling framework using data and analyses listed above to allow simulation of long-term consequences for land use and food security under various scenarios (e.g., various decisions and policy options regarding land use and food security, changes in population size, climate, urbanization, biofuel demand etc.)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic interdisciplinary group with collaborators in Brazil, China, UK, US, and other countries. Selected candidates will have a unique opportunity to develop and expand collaborations within the Center and across international research groups. Preferred applicants will already have an interdisciplinary background with experience integrating GIS with analytical approaches from the economic, social, geographic, ecological, or/and agricultural sciences; have some basic experience in spatial analysis/modeling and good programming skills (e.g. Python, R, or C++); and have excellent communication skills and a PhD in a related field (e.g., computer science and engineering, conservation, ecology, economics, geography, environmental science,  international trade, land science, spatial science, systems modeling and integration). This position is initially for one year, renewable depending on performance and funding. A competitive salary and benefit package will be offered commensurate with experience.

Application materials should include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals and research experiences/interests (e.g., how experiences and interests fit with the tasks listed above), (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts (unofficial ones are OK initially), (5) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (6) up to three representative publications, models or software programs developed by the applicant.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. Please visit https://jobs.msu.edu (using posting number 5169) for more information and application submission. Applications are welcome until a suitable candidate is identified. Reviews of applications will begin on April 25, 2017. Start date is relatively flexible.  Questions can be emailed to:

Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair
Michigan State University


** Dr. Liu will be at the telecoupling workshop on April 9 and telecoupling symposium on April 10 during the US-IALE meeting in Baltimore, and would be happy to meet with potential candidates. **