Robert Johnston is Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute and Professor of Economics at Clark University. He has a PhD in the economics of marine resources from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in economics from Williams College. Dr. Johnston’s research addresses such topics as the valuation of non-market commodities and aquatic ecosystem services; benefit transfer and meta-analysis; and the management of aquatic resources, fisheries, and tourism. Over the past two decades he has authored hundreds of articles, chapters, books and other scientific and policy papers. He has worked with numerous international organizations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to assist in the appropriate use of economic information to guide natural resource policy development. His work has contributed to national, state and local policy in the US, Canada and elsewhere. Among other appointments on advisory, scientific and review committees, Dr. Johnston currently serves on advisory boards for the Marine Resource Economics Foundation, the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, the Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Council, Connecticut Sea Grant, and New York Sea Grant.
Andre E. Punt
University of Washington
André E. Punt is a professor and current associate director for the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Punt is a mathematician with a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He and his lab develop approaches to providing quantitative scientific advice for fisheries management. His research is primarily focuses on new methods for assessing fish and marine mammal populations and includes Bayesian assessment and risk analysis methods. Dr. Punt also is involved in evaluating the performance of existing methods for assessing and managing renewable resource populations. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles on a spectrum of fisheries related subjects including population modeling, fisheries management, stock assessment methodologies, assessment models, and quantitative ecology of marine resources.
Kenneth A. Rose
Louisiana State University
Kenneth A. Rose is the E. L. Abraham Distinguished Professor in Louisiana Environmental Sciences in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington. Dr. Rose’s research interests include developing and applying mathematical and simulation models to better understand and forecast the effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on aquatic populations. Other interests include the use of models in resource management, fisheries stock assessment and risk assessment. He has published extensively on the challenges of modeling fish population dynamics and their relationship to resources, stressors, site-specific factors and life history characteristics. He has served in a number of capacities with the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council since the late 1990s. Dr. Rose has also served on a recent NRC study Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.
University of California, Davis
James Sanchirico is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Sanchirico is a natural resource economist by training, having earned his PhD in Agricultural and Resource economics from UCD. His research applies quantitative methods to study the design and evaluation of policy instruments for the conservation of natural resources. Specifically, he has worked on the management of marine populations and habitats, land-use, biodiversity conservation, invasive species management, provision of ecosystem services, and the design of market based policies, such as individual fishing quota systems. Dr. Sanchirico employs a variety of tools that include optimal control theory, differential equations, constrained optimization, household surveys, spatial statistics, and time series and cross-sectional econometric techniques. Some of his most recent work involves the design and analysis of catch share programs. Dr. Sanchirico has served as a reviewer for several NRC studies and also served on the NRC Committee to Review JSOST U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan.
Michael P. Sissenwine
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Michael P. Sissenwine is the former Director of Research and Chief Science Advisory of the National Marine Fisheries Service (2002-2005). He was responsible for about 30 Laboratories and 1,400 staff. NMFS provides the scientific basis for conservation and management of marine living resources and ecosystems. During his 30 year career with the Agency, he also served as a research scientist, Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (1996-2002), and the Agency’s Senior Scientist (1990-1996). He was the President of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (2004-2006) and chair of the committee which advises European countries on ocean issues (2008-2010). He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a marine science consultant. He earned a Ph.D. in oceanography form the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Sissenwine has authored over 100 scientific papers on a wide range of topics. He serves on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of two Fisheries Management Councils, and he has served on, or led, numerous delegations to international scientific and management organizations. Dr. Sissenwine is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and ICES and American Fisheries Society lifetime achievement awards. He has served on the OSB and BISO Boards, on four NRC or NAS committees (Coastal Ocean Science, Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries, International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts, National Committee for the Pacific Sciences Association as chair), and he has lead Delegations on behalf of the NAS.
University of California, San Diego
George Sugihara is a professor and department chair at SIO at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology from Princeton. His diverse research interests include complexity theory, nonlinear dynamics, food web structure, species abundance patterns, conservation biology, biological control, empirical climate modeling, fisheries forecasting, and the design and implementation of derivative markets for fisheries. One of his most interdisciplinary contributions involves the work he developed with Robert May concerning methods for forecasting nonlinear and chaotic systems. This took him into the arena of investment banking, where he took a five-year leave from SIO to become Managing Director for Deutsche Bank. There he made a successful application of these theoretical methods to forecast erratic market behavior. Most of Dr. Sugihara’s early work was motivated exclusively by pure science and the later work more by pragmatic utility and environmental concerns. Nearly all of it is based on extracting information from observational data (turning data into information). His initial work on fisheries as complex, chaotic systems led to work on financial networks and prediction of chaotic systems. Dr. Sugihara serves on the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications here at the NRC and also served on the Planning Committee for a Workshop on Technical Capabilities Required for Regulation of Systemic Risk.