Researcher Profile

Yong Chen

Job Title: Assistant Professor; Associate NSERC Research Chair in Fisheries Conservation
Employer: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Place of Birth: Quhua, Zhejiang Province, China.
Public School attended: Quhua Primary School in Zhejiang, China
High School attended: Quhua Middle School in Zhejiang, China
Further Education: Ocean University of Qingdao, China (B.Sc.), University of Toronto (M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Newfoundland, Ontario, Australia, New Zealand, US and China

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research is focused on fisheries population dynamics and stock assessment and management. I study how fish populations respond to changes in various environmental factors including human activity, how we can quantify such responses using mathematical and statistical models, and how we can identify an optimal strategy to manage fisheries. I am also interetsed in temporal and spatial variations in fish life history parameters and their relations with environmental variations.

Mailing address:
Fisheries Conservation Chair, Fisheries and marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, A1C 5R3

Recent Publications:

Chen, Y. and H. H. Harvey. 1999. Spatial structuring of length-at-age of the benthivorous white sucker (Catostomus commersoni) in relation to environmental variables. Aquatic Living Resources 12:351-362.

Chen, Y. and D. Fournier. 1999. Impacts of atypical data on Bayesian inference and robust Bayesian approach in fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56:1525-1533

Chen, Y. and G. S. Mello. 1999. Growth and maturation of cod (Gadus morhua) of different year classes in NAFO Subdivision 3Ps in Northwest Atlantic. Fisheries Research 42:87-101

Chen, Y. and S. Kennelly. 1999. Growth of spanner crab, Ranina ranina, off the east coast of Australia. Freshwater and Marine Research 50:319-325

Chen, Y. and S. Montgomery. 1999. Modelling the dynamics of rock lobster, Jasus verreauxi, stock in New South Wales, Australia. Fishery Bulletin 97:25-38.

Canada provides one of the best education programs in aquatic science in the world. This is especially true in fisheries. Most top-rated fisheries scientists in the world are graduates of Canadian universities. I used to work in China (as a lecturer in an agricultural university) and Australia (as a research scientist), and know how well a Canadian fisheries scientist is treated abroad although we have failed a few tests in managing our own fisheries stocks.