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PC: M. Kosma

I am currently a research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES). I am generally interested in asking scientific questions to inform marine resource management. I value collaboration among academic and agency scientists, resource managers, fishery stakeholders, and students because of its benefit to both process and product.

Much of my work has focused on better understanding population and community dynamics of groundfishes in the North Pacific. Specifically, I have assessed MPA impacts on nearshore groundfish assemblages, biogeographic effects on flatfish life history, and spatiotemporal variation in food web dynamics (i.e., competition and predation). Most recently, I evaluated near-term forecast skill in high latitude systems using species distribution models. I am now building a multispecies size spectrum model to simulate community responses to fishing pressure and climate change in the Gulf of Alaska.

Common themes that I integrate into my work include: enhancing scientific lessons through cross-regional comparisons, evaluating effects of scale on ecological inferences, and identifying how multiple metrics may improve our understanding about processes of interest.
Cheryl hiking in Juneau

Gulf of Alaska Climate Integrated Modeling (GOA-CLIM) Project
Marine Conservation and Ecology GroupSAFS, UW
Status of Stocks and Multispecies Assessment ProgramAFSC, NOAA
Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling ProgramAFSC, NOAA

Thorson Lab (HEPR Program)AFSC, NOAA
Habitat Conservation DivisionAKRO, NOAA
Coastal Fisheries Ecology LabCFOS, UAF
California Sea Grant Extension

CA Collaborative Fisheries Research Program
Fisheries and Conservation Biology Lab, MLML