Robyn Forrest

Research Scientist

Section Head, Quantitative Assessment Methods Section

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr Robyn Forrest is a Research Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo. She is Section Head of the Quantitative Assessment Methods Section, which collaboratively develops quantitative methods and tools to improve advice for management of Pacific fisheries.

Her main research interests are: management strategy evaluation for fisheries; implementation of ecosystem-based fishery management; productivity and management of data-limited species; and performance of fishery management systems.

Major research projects include:

  • Analysis of spatial changes in fishing effort dynamics in BC's groundfish fishery since the introduction of 100% at-sea monitoring.
  • Application of geostatistics and other statistical methods to investigate distribution and abundance of groundfish species relative to environmental variables.
  • Development and simulation testing of a tiered system to select stock assessment methods for data-limited species.
  • Closed loop simulation to evaluate performance of harvest control rules for groundfish species.

She is Canadian scientific advisor to the Commissioners of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC: www.iphc.int) and author of recent stock assessments for Pacific Cod, Pacific Hake and Arrowtooth Flounder. She is a member of the Halibut Advisory Board, Groundfish Integrated Advisory Board, IPHC Management Strategy Advisory Board, and Canadian Halibut Strategic Working Group.

Dr Forrest is Adjunct Faculty at the University of British Columbia and is collaborating with several researchers there on various projects.

Education and awards

Degrees:

  • PhD (2008), University of British Columbia
  • BSc (Hons 1) (2000), University of Sydney, Australia
  • BA (1988), Curtin University, Western Australia

Key publications

  1. Forrest, R.E., Savina, M., Fulton, E.A., Pitcher, T.J.. 2015.Do marine ecosystem models give consistent policy evaluations?A comparison of Atlantis and Ecosim. Fisheries Research, 167
  2. Mangel, M., MacCall, A.D., Brodziak, J., Dick, E.J., Forrest, R.E., Pourzand, R., and Ralston, S. 2013.A perspective on steepness and its implications for strategic fishery management and stock assessment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Vol. 70, pg. 930-940
  3. Stewart, I.J., Martell, S.J.D., Webster, R.A., Forrest, R.E., Ianelli, J., Leaman, B.. 2013.Assessment review team meeting, October 24-26, 2012. Int. Pac. Halibut Comm. Report of Assessment and Research Activities, 2012, 239-266
  4. Savina, M., Fulton, E.A., Forrest, R.E., Condie, S.A.. 2013.Ecological effects of trawling fisheries on the east Australian continental shelf: a modelling study. Marine and Freshwater Research, Vol. 64(11), pg.1068-1086
  5. Forrest, R.E., McAllister, M.K., Martell, S.J.D, Walters, C.J. 2013.Modelling the effects of density dependent mortality in juvenile red snapper caught as bycatch in Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries: implications for management. Fisheries Research, 146: 102-120
  6. Holt, K., Ackerman, B., Flemming, R., Forrest, R.E., Kronlund, A.R., Lacko, L., Olsen, N., Rutherford, K., Stanley, R.D., Taylor, N.G., Workman, G.. 2012.Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: A pilot study for British Columbia groundfish fisheries. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2990, vii + 187 pp.
  7. Stewart, I.J., Forrest, R.E., Taylor, N.J., Grandin, C., Hicks, A.C.. 2012.Status of the Pacific hake (whiting) stock in U.S. and Canadian waters in 2012. NOAA Stock Assessments
  8. Stewart, I.J., Forrest, R.E., Grandin, C., Hamel, O.S., Hicks, A.C., Martell, S.J.D., and Taylor, I.G.. 2011.Status of the Pacific hake (whiting) stock in U.S. and Canadian waters in 2011. Final SAFE document. 17 March 2011. NOAA Stock Assessments
  9. Brown, C.J., Fulton, E.A., Hobday, A.J., Matear, R., Possingham, H., Bulman, C., Christensen, V., Forrest, R.E., Gehrke, P.C., Gribble, N.A., Griffiths S.P., Lozano-Montes, H., Martin, J.M., Metcalf, S., Okey, T.A., Watson, R., Richardson, A.J. 2010.Effects of climate-driven primary production change on marine food webs: implications for fisheries and conservation. Global Change Biology, 16(4): 1194-1212
  10. Forrest, R.E., McAllister, M.K., Dorn, M., Martell, S.J.D, Stanley, R.. 2010.Hierarchical Bayesian estimation of productivity and reference points for Pacific rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) under alternative assumptions about the stock-recruit function. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 67(10): 1611-1634
  11. Dulvy, N.K., Forrest, R.E.. 2010.Life histories, population dynamics and extinction risks in chondrichthyans. Sharks and their Relatives II. Biodiversity, Adaptive Physiology and Conservation, pg. 639-679
  12. Savina, M., Fulton, E., Condie, S., Forrest, R., Scandol, J., Astles, K., Gibbs, P.. 2009.Ecologically sustainable development of the regional marine and estuarine resources of NSW: Modelling of the NSW continental shelf ecosystem.. CSIRO and NSW DPI Reports, 63+vi pp
  13. Forrest, R.E., Walters, C.J.. 2009.Estimating thresholds to optimal harvest rate for long-lived, low-fecundity sharks accounting for selectivity and density dependence in recruitment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 66(12): 2062-2080
  14. Forrest, R.E., Martell, S.J.D., Melnychuk, M.C., Walters, C.J. 2008.An age-structured model with leading management parameters, incorporating age-specific selectivity and maturity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 65(2): 286-296
  15. Forrest, R.E. 2008.Simulation models for estimating productivity and trade-offs in the data-limited fisheries of New South Wales, Australia. PhD Thesis, University of British Columbia, xiii + 357 pp
  16. Pitcher, T.J., Ainsworth,C.H., Buchary,E., Cheung,W., Forrest,R.E., Haggan,N., Lozano,H., Morato,T., Morissette, L. 2005. Strategic Management of Marine Ecosystems using Whole-Ecosystem simulation Modelling: The Back to the Future Policy Approach. Strategic Management of Marine Ecosystems. NATO Science Series IV. Earth and Environmental Sciences. , Vol. 50. Proceedings from the NATO-ASI Symposium on Strategic Management of Marine Ecosystems. Antibes, France. Oct 1-11, 2003
  17. Pitcher, T.J., Watson, R., Forrest, R.E., Valtýsson, H., Guénette, S. 2002.Estimating illegal and unreported catches from marine ecosystems: A basis for change. Fish and Fisheries, 3(4): 317-339
  18. Scandol, J.P., Forrest, R.E.. 2001.Commercial catches as an indicator of stock status in NSW estuarine fisheries: trigger points, uncertainty and interpretation. In S.J. Newman, D.J. Gaughan, G. Jackson, M.C. Mackie, B. Molony, J. St. John and P. Kailola (Eds)Towards Sustainability of Data-Limited Multi-Sector Fisheries. Australian Society for Fish Biology Workshop Proceedings, Bunbury, Western Australia 23-24 September 2001. Fisheries Occasional Publications, Vol 6: 77-97
  19. Forrest, R.E., Chapman, M.G., Underwood, A.J.. 2001.Quantification of radular marks as a method for estimating grazing of intertidal gastropods on rocky shores. Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology, 258: 155-171

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