Rowan Haigh

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Research Biologist

I work on fisheries stock assessments (primarily groundfish), software packages for the R statistical platform, and data analysis.

Current research and/or projects

I am a member of the rockfish assessment group (Offshore Section, Aquatic Resources Research & Assessment Division, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo BC), which is responsible for reviewing the biology, distribution, and abundance of rockfish like Pacific Ocean Perch (Sebastes alutus) and other species of Sebastes and Sebastolobus that live on the continental shelf and slope of British Columbia.

My duties are heavily oriented to exploratory data analysis, statistical inference, and population modeling. My program also produces a variety of software packages for the R statistical platform, available on CRAN ( and GitHub ( These packages, designed to facilitate assessment productivity, promote the Pacific Biological Station by using the "PBS" moniker (PBSmapping, PBSmodelling, etc.) and have attracted a worldwide user community.

Professional activities / interests

  1. Groundfish stock assessment
  2. R package creation
  3. Harmful algal blooms
  4. Phytoplankton ecology and taxonomy

Education and awards

M.Sc. Biological Oceanography, University of British Columbia, 1988

B.Sc. Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1980

M.B.A., University of British Columbia, 1995