Since 1999, the Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program has supported students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics.
Only 10 researchers from across the country were selected as 2020 Fisheries-Sea Grant Fellows – and SFRC graduate student Nick Fisch was one of them.
Nick holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from UF, and an M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. He is now working towards his Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, under the supervision of Drs. Rob Ahrens and Ed Camp.
“My project aims to assess which likelihood is most appropriate to use when modeling composition data within stock assessment,” said Nick. “The project will use a spatially explicit simulation model to explore how different assumptions about fish and fisher behavior affect composition data, and in turn how the likelihood chosen for modeling this data within a stock assessment affects the performance of the assessment.”
The fellowship will fund Nick’s research over a two-year period. He is excited to work closely with Kyle Shertzer, his NOAA mentor, during that time.