From 2005 – 2007 I was involved as a researcher with the Decision Analysis and Adaptive Management (DAAM) working group concerning commercial fisheries management of the Great Lakes. The project, based at the University of Guelph and lead by Thomas Nudds, focused on the ecology and management of the two most valuable species in the Lake Erie commercial fishery: walleye and yellow perch.
As the name suggests, the project brought together academic researchers and commercial fisheries stakeholders in an effort to develop informed and responsive resource management.
I worked in modelling and decision analysis of the Great Lakes commercial fisheries in Ontario, Canada and applied my training in several broad scientific approaches, including: applied dynamical systems theory and statistical model fitting (information criteria approaches, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian). One of my key roles on the project was as a programmer developing modelling tools for the research group and commercial fishermen.