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My Background

I am a fisheries biologist with B.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. I am a Canadian citizen and grew up in Vancouver, which I still consider my home even though I have not lived there for more than twenty-five years. I have worked in British Columbia, Ontario, and Michigan. In 2006 I enjoyed a four-month return visit to Vancouver for part of my sabbatical.

I worked as an environmental consultant and a government research scientist prior to joining the faculty at MSU. From 1980 to 1988 I worked as a systems ecologist with ESSA Technologies Ltd. ESSA is an innovative, quantitatively-oriented consulting firm that was originally created to provide expertise in modeling and adaptive management to government and corporate clients with environmental concerns. During my eight years with ESSA I participated in a variety of projects in resource management and environmental assessment, including fishery management, acid rain effects on fisheries, and aquatic effects of power plant operation.

In 1988 I became a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, where I led the Great Lakes Salmonid Unit. In the eight years I worked with the Salmonid Unit we conducted research on various aspects of salmonine ecology in the Great Lakes including:

  • examining the feasibility of Atlantic salmon restoration in Lake Ontario;
  • developing methods and models to understand riverine salmonine habitat-population interactions
  • building models to investigate the sustainability of Great Lakes salmonine stocking practices; and
  • exploring the relationship between watershed land-use patterns and the quality of riverine habitats.

In 1997 I returned to academia, joining an active and growing Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. My recent research has focused on Great Lakes fishery management and particularly sea lamprey control and applications of decision analysis to problems such as salmon stocking and percid harvest strategies. My students work on field and modeling projects. In February 2008 I was appointed Acting Chairperson of our Department, and in July 2009 I become the Chairperson for a five-year term. For further details about my non-adminstrative activities, see my Research Interests and Current Students

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