ABOUT MATTHEW ROBERTSON
I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland. I broadly focus on answering macro-scale ecological questions in fisheries, and how those questions can be addressed in ways that can be used to improve advice for ecosystem management. My current work focuses on addressing spatial, predation, and population dynamics for two flatfish species on the Grand Bank off Newfoundland. This work is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Furthermore, I am part of two labs, the Quantitative Fisheries Ecosystems Lab and The Life Aquatic.
In addition to being a PhD student, I run an eponymous contracting business that focuses on creating and improving quantitative ecological models with collaborating scientists. Thus far, my contracts have centered around converting Bayesian models with run-time issues into frequentist models using Template Model Builder (TMB). These projects have included the creation of joint species distribution models for plant communities and standardization methods for recreational fishery survey data throughout the Southeast US.
I am a 2018 graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU) where I received my MSc in Oceanography. My master's thesis focused on small-scale, marine fisheries in Tanzania. Prior to attending LSU I graduated from Dalhousie University, where I received a BSc with Honours in Marine Biology.