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.

PhD Scholarship in Fisheries and Fisheries Ecosystem Impact Modelling – DTU

A PhD Scholarship in Fisheries and Fisheries Ecosystem Impact Modelling is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date May 2017. The scholarship is financed by National and EU Research Projects and supported by the DTU Aqua PhD School.

The project will primarily be carried out in affiliation to the Section for Ecosystem-based Management which is situated in Lyngby, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 120 academic employees.

Project description
The overall aim is to model the interlinked marine fisheries, fish stock, and benthic habitat/community dynamics and their interactions with focus on ecosystem impacts of fisheries and fisheries management. This involves application and further development of bio-economic spatial and agent-based modelling techniques for simulating individual fishing vessels moving in some (e.g. virtual) marine environment. The project offers opportunity for making significant advance in an important field of fisheries research concerning estimating the various ecological and socio-economics trade-offs among fisheries incomes, the sustainability of the fish stocks harvested, and the impacts and sensitivity of the benthic habitats/communities given different fisheries management options. This further integrates aspects of fishing fleet economics and drivers linked to the varying agent´s decision making. Mitigating fisheries in time and space is considered an attractive management solution provided that recent data can support highly resolved risk assessment model¬ling tools and simulations to document and anticipate potential long term effects and expected related benefits of management scenarios and actions within the ecological-economic system under concern.

The specific purposes are to:

  • Application and further development of bio-economic spatial and agent based modelling and simulation methodology;
  • Estimating ecological and socio-economics trade-offs of management scenarios with respect to fisheries economic effects, harvested stock sustainability, and benthic impacts;
  • Evaluate fisheries interactions with occupation of space by other marine sectors (renewable energy, large marine constructions, aquaculture, transport/shipping, conservation such as Natura2000 areas / benthic sensitive habitats,  etc.) with respect to their ecological-economic effects;
  • Modelling fisheries with fine spatial resolution to enable local and regional maritime spatial planning (MSP);
  • Literature review of empirical studies to incorporate the effect of fishing pressure on benthic habitats per type of fishing gear;
  • Participate in coupling the bio-economic spatial and agent based modelling tool to a state-of-the-art spatial fish population modelling framework concerning resource ocurrence.

The focus case study will be the Baltic and North Sea areas and the main modelling platform tool to be used and expanded will be DISPLACE (www.displace-project.org)

Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Aquatic Science & Technology or similar;
  • Previous experience in marine and fisheries research, and population, fisheries and ecosystem dynamics;
  • Proven experience and strong skills in modelling and  quantitative and statistical analyses;
  • Proficiency in at least two programming languages among R and Matlab, C++, Python and GIS;
  • Interests and preferences for agent based modelling;
  • Knowledge on (fisheries) economics;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Keen interest in desk-only research and for working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Sen. Sci. Francois Bastardie, Prof. J. Rasmus Nielsen, Sci. Grete Dinesen, and Sen. Sci. Ole R. Eigaard, DTU Aqua.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students at DTU.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Sen. Sci. Francois Bastardie, fba@aqua.dtu.dk

General information may be obtained from Christine Cecilie Hastrup chci@aqua.dtu.dk (+45) 3588 3001

Please do not send applications by e-mail, instead apply online as described below.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 1 April 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Description of skills according to qualifications.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana.You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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PhD research opportunity in bio-economic modelling – France (Ifremer, UMR AMURE, Brest) and Australia (CSIRO, Hobart):

Please find below the link to an opportunity for a PhD research project in bio-economic modelling, under a co-tutelle with France (Ifremer, UMR AMURE, Brest) and Australia (CSIRO, Hobart):

https://theses.u-bretagneloire.fr/sml/theses-2017/evaluation-de-regles-de-controle-des-cap-1/@@download/pdf_fr/Thebaud_Macher_AMURE_BioecoViabilite_en.pdf

Applications are via the doctoral school web site:

https://theses.u-bretagneloire.fr/sml/theses-2017/evaluation-de-regles-de-controle-des-cap-1/++add++Candidate

Three Oceanography Faculty Positions at LSU

Ecologist, Ecological Modeler, & Fisheries Stock Assessment: The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) within the College of the Coast and the Environment at Louisiana State University (LSU) is seeking outstanding applicants to fill up to 3 tenure- track faculty positions. Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. within their discipline and a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, or the capacity to build the same in the case of emerging scholars. A history or potential to attract extramural funding and to work with interdisciplinary teams that include doctoral students, post-docs, and research associates is expected. An individual candidate may apply for a position in one or more of the three core areas listed below:

Fisheries Stock Assessment Scientist (Assistant or Associate Professor): Seeking candidates from the fisheries sciences including expertise in stock assessment, computational ecology, population dynamics modeling, quantitative fisheries science, mathematics, and/or statistics. A successful candidate will be expected to use quantitative approaches to study fish population dynamics and to advance the science of fisheries stock assessment. He/she must be capable of teaching/developing a course in stock assessment in support of the Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Science and Assessment offered by DOCS and the LSU Graduate School.

Ecological Modeler (Assistant Professor): Seeking candidates that use mathematical and simulation methods for understanding and predicting population, multispecies, community, and food web dynamics, including classical and agent-based approaches. We encourage applications from those who combine modeling and empirical research that may extend to coastal, estuarine, and/or marine fish population ecology and trophic dynamics.

Ecologist (Assistant Professor): Seeking candidates from academic backgrounds in ecology, including, but not limited to feeding relationships, environmental drivers, resource supply and demand and population, community and ecosystem level processes. Candidates who conduct empirical research related to spatial management, coastal, estuarine or marine ecosystem dynamics at spatial scales ranging from estuaries to the deep ocean are encouraged to apply. Duties of the positions include developing and maintaining a rigorous, externally-funded research program in the related area of discipline; teaching courses in a relevant area of specialty and courses based on departmental needs; collaborating on multidisciplinary research projects; mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and providing service to DOCS, LSU, and the State of Louisiana.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in science field. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in fishery science, quantitative ecology, marine science, or related field. Postdoctoral experience is encouraged. Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. Attach a Statement of Research and Statement of Teaching on your application. Applications that arrive before March 31 will get full consideration.

To Apply: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/2179-Energy-Coast-and-Environment-Building/Assistant-Professor_R00009355-1