Job Title: Senior Research Associate
Employer: Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia
Place of Birth: Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
High School attended: Widdifield Secondary School (North Bay, Ont), Transcona Collegiate (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Further Education: University of Manitoba (B.Sc.), University of Manitoba (M.Sc.), University of Queensland, Australia (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Working on North Atlantic fisheries with focus on Canada, the US, and Europe. Extensive work in Australia (trawl fisheries), countries of the South Pacific (principally Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands), and Indonesia.
Brief synopsis of current research:
Part of a Pew-charities funded team looking at the effects of North Altantic fisheries on marine ecosystems (http://www.seaaroundus.org/). Development of software solutions for investigating and optimising management of trawl fisheries (Simsys). Mapping/GIS solutions for marine and fisheries scientists. Solutions to trawling impacts including bycatch reduction.
Watson, R. A., Sumner, N.R. 1999. Uncertainty and risk associated with fishing patterns in a tropical penaeid fishery. Environment International 25(6/7): 735-744.
Watson, R., Alder, J. and Walters, C. Modeling Marine Protected Areas using a dynamic, mass-balance approach. Fish and Fisheries (in Press)
Watson, R. A. and Quinn II, T.J. 1997. Performance of transect and point count underwater visual census methods. Ecological Modelling 104: 103-112.
Watson, R.A., Carlos, G. and Samoilys M. 1995. Bias introduced by fish movement in diver transect surveys. Ecological Modelling 77:205-214.
Watson, R.A., Die, D. and Restrepo, V.R. 1993. Closed seasons and tropical penaeid fisheries: a simulation including fleet dynamics and parameter uncertainty. N.A. J. Fish. Management 13:326-336.
Aquatic sciences as a career appeals to many people. In my experience, successful employment requires developing strong quantiative skills supported by fluency in computer programming or other techniques. It is not enough to be a keen recreational scuba diver.