QERM: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program



A number of students are employed as biometricians with either private companies or federal, Native American, state or city agencies. The work is varied; one student with a consulting company has become very involved with risk assessment and designing assessment procedures for mitigation of polluted sites. Others are involved in the estimation of wildlife populations, particularly fish. Two students were involved in the construction of a simulation model for anadromous fish populations on the Columbia River. The model is used by agencies on the river and the former students are continuing work associated with it. Another person worked in the assessment of pollution of fresh water for a city and has continued with that work.

Federal Agencies

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Several QERM graduates are currently employed at various divisions of NOAA around the country:

NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA

  • Research Scientist, Landscape Ecology and Recovery Science Team, Watershed Program. Conducts quantitative research for understanding and managing freshwater habitats. Core research areas include landscape factors influencing biological communities, evaluating and comparing freshwater habitat assessment models, and describing spatial and temporal variability at multiple scales using wavelet analysis.
  • Mathematical Statistician, Quantitative Ecology Team, Fish Ecology Division. Research on survival and behavior of threatened and endangered salmonid species including developing models of population dynamics and spatial patterns, and conducting survival studies. Other areas of research include Population Viability Analysis and Ecosystem modeling.

NOAA, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service,
Seattle, WA

  • Mathematical Statistician, National Marine Mammal Laboratory. Participate in researach to establish abundance, distribution, and biology of threatened and endangered cetacean and pinniped species in the North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea. Primary responsibilities include statistical analysis, data management, report writing, data collection, field prepration and field work.

NOAA, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz, CA

  • Research Geneticist, Fisheries Ecology Division, Molecular Ecology Team. Research on statistical genetics. Provides statistical support for NOAA in its use of genetic data to fulfill its conservation and fisheries management missions. Research interests include percentage inference, mixed-stock fisheries and genetic inference, inference of hybrids from genetic data, etc.

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA:

  • Mathematical Statistician, Fisheries and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis Division, Population Dynamics Branch. Application of stochastic finite-state continuous-time models in population dynamics. Application of generalized linear models, quasi-likelihood and estimating functions in ecology and natural resource management. Predictive inference in finite populations using semiparametric models. Meta-analysis with hierarchical or semiparametric models.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, National Wildlife Refuge System, Division of Realty & Natural Resources. Provide biometric support to 80+ biologists on the 16 national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Statistical consulting, collaboration, scientific review, and some professional education. Research includes bootstrap methods and applications, compositional data, longitudinal lmodels for discrete data, model assessment and inference for mechanistic models.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Natural Resources, Reg. 7

U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Research Statistician, Laurel, MD.
Established in 1936 as the nation's first wildlife experiment station, the Center has been a leading international research insitute for wildlife and applied environmental research, for transmitting research findings to those responsible for managing our nation's natural resources, and for providing technical assistance in implementing research findings so as to improve natural resource managmenet.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Bureau of Land Management, Interagency Survey and Management Group, Northwest Forest Plan

Bureau of Land Management, Region 6 Washington/Oregon: Provide statistical and scientific support to the Interagency Special-Status and Senstive Species Program for the Oregon/Washington BLM and Region 6 Forest Service Agency. Provide statistical support to the Oregon/Washington BLM Branch of Planning, Science, and Data. Statistical analysis, writing, editing and reviewing a general technical report on a statistical survey for nearly 400 rare and "little known" bryophytes, fungi, lichens, and mollusks on the Pacific Northwest public lands.

Scientist, Pacfic Northwest National Laboratory, Statistics and Sensor Analytics Group, Richland, WA

U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Section. Olympia, WA. Provides scientific information to land managers, policymakers, and citizens.

U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forestry Sciences Lab, Ogden, UT. Mapping forest attributes in the interior west: comparing predictive modeling tools.

National Park Service, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Biometrician, Hilo, HI.

Columbia Basin Research Project (CBR), School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA: CBR is a joint effort of scientific research projets through the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, investigating issues surrounding salmon biology in the Columbia and Snake River basins. CBR research has produced computer models which simulate and predict salmon migration and survival in the Columbia Basin and salmon harvest in the North Pacific.

International Agencies

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Fishery Statistician (Aquaculture), Fishery Information, Data and Statistics Unit, Fisheries Department.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Integrated Landscape Management, Manager of Sustainable Ecosystems, Edmonton, Alberta- Developing a modeling toolkit to facilitate integrated landscape management decisions; specifying alternative futures; using small scale models to parameterize larger scale models; methodologies for assessing hierarchically structured models; the philosophy of model assessment and comparison; using models to assess ecological theories and understand the long term consequences of management practices.

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland: Testing of sorting grates shrimp fishery obtaining selection curves of the data. Building a monitoring system for ungulates in Greenland. Project coordinator and statisitican for a caribou and musk oxen monitoring project.

State and Local Agencies

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries, Biometrician: Conducts analyses and assessments of stocks harvested in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, including salmon, Pacific cod, skates, black rockfish, red king crab, blue king crab, brown king crab, Tanner crab, snow crab; also studies marine debris issues.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Fish Program Manager, Mill Creek, WA: Represents the Fish Program Assistant Director in the region including the greater Seattle metropolitan area, providing staff with policy and technical direction to assure the goals and objectives of the agency are met.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Biometrician and Unit Leader, Olympia, WA: Serve as the chief statistican for WDFW, managing technical positions including Ph.D. biometricians, information technology specialists and quantitative biologists to assure that sampling programs, statistical analyses and computer programs are scientifically defensible and cost-effective.

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission (CRITFC), Portland, OR. CRITFC's mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes. CRITFC scientists work on new research to the understanding of salmon and their habitat.

City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities, Drainage & Wastewater Division, Surface Water Modeling Leader, Seattle, WA: Oversees the development and management of hydraulic and hydrologic models for the Surface Water program, including review of specific program modeling for compliance with established standards and guidelines. Coordinate inter-government agencies for water quality and quantity modeling projects.

Snohomish County, Surface Water Management Division, Associate Planner, Everett, WA

Private Companies

DNV-Global Energy Concepts, Inc., Data Services Manager, Seattle, WA: Manage team of 16 data analysts monitoring 1000+ meteorological towers; strengthen statistical analysis methods for wind resource management; develop software tools for data management and analysis; coordinate researach efforts for new consultng services to wind industry.

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