Academic CV

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Professional experience

2017–20
Program Head in Analytical Approaches and Spatial Stock Assessment, Groundfish Section, Stock Assessment and Research Division, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
2019–20
Associate Editor, the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
2020–20
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University
2015–17
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington and Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA
2015
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
2011–15
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
2008–11
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

Education

2011–15
Ph.D. Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Variance and extreme events in population ecology
Fulbright Scholar to the University of Washington in 2012–13
Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal
2008–10
M.Sc. Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Trends, drivers, and ecosystem effects of expanding global invertebrate fisheries
Canadian Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal
2004–07
B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
First Class Honours & Environmental Programmes Honour Society Medal
2001–03
B.Sc. Candidate (Hons.) Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada; transferred to Dalhousie University in 2004.

Preprints

2020
Anderson, S.C., Mulberry, N., Edwards, A.M., Stockdale, J.E., Iyaniwura, S.A., Falcao, R.C., Otterstatter, M.C., Janjua, N.Z., Coombs, D., and Colijn, C. 2020. How much leeway is there to relax COVID-19 control measures? medRxiv 2020.06.12.20129833. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.12.20129833.

Publications

2020
Barnett, L.A.K., E.J. Ward, S.C. Anderson. Improving estimates of species distribution change by incorporating local trends. In press at Ecography.
2020
Anderson, S.C., P.R. Elsen, B.B. Hughes, R.K. Tonietto, M.C. Bletz, D.A. Gill, M.A. Holgerson, S.E. Kuebbing, C. McDonough MacKenzie, M.H. Meek, D. Veríssimo. Trends in ecology and conservation over eight decades. In press at Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
2020
Anderson, S.C., A.M. Edwards, M. Yerlanov, N. Mulberry, J. Stockdale, S.A. Iyaniwura, R.C. Falcao, M.C. Otterstatter, M.A. Irvine, N.Z. Janjua, D. Coombs, C. Colijn. Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 control measures using a Bayesian model of physical distancing. In press at PLOS Computational Biology. medRxiv preprint: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.17.20070086.
2020
Maureaud, A., R. Frelat, L. Pecuchet, N.L. Shackell, B. Merigot, M.L. Pinsky, K. Amador, S.C. Anderson, … (67 co-authors), J.T. Thorson. Are we ready to track climate-driven shifts in marine species across international boundaries? A global survey of scientific bottom trawl data. In press at Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15404.
2020
Cahill, C.L., S.C. Anderson, A.J. Paul. L. Macphearson, M.G. Sullivan, B. van Poorten, C. Walters, J.R. Post. A spatial-temporal approach to modeling somatic growth across recreational fisheries landscapes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. 77(11):1822–1835. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2019-0434.
2020
Litzow, M.A., M.E. Hunsicker, E.J. Ward, S.C. Anderson, J. Gao , S. Zador, S. Batten , S. Dressel, J. Duffy-Anderson, E. Fergusson, R. Hopcroft, B.J. Laurel, R. O’Malley Evaluating ecosystem change as Gulf of Alaska temperature exceeds the limits of preindustrial variability. Progress in Oceanography. 186:102393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102393
2020
Anderson, S.C., E.A. Keppel, A.M. Edwards. Reproducible visualization of raw fisheries data for 113 species improves transparency, assessment efficiency, and monitoringy. Fisheries. 45:535–543. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10441. (Preprint PDF)
2020
Huynh, Q.C., A.R. Hordyk, R.E. Forrest, C.E. Porch, S.C. Anderson, T.R. Carruthers. The interim management procedure approach for assessed stocks: Responsive management advice and lower assessment frequency. In press at Fish and Fisheries. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12453.
2020
Free, C.M., O.P. Jensen, S.C. Anderson, N.L. Gutierrez, K.M. Kleisner, C. Longo, C. Minto, G.C. Osio, J.C. Walsh. Blood from a stone: performance of catch-only methods in estimating stock biomass status. Fisheries Research. 223:105452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105452.
2020
Veríssimo, D., S.C. Anderson, M. Tlusty. Did the movie Finding Dory increase demand for blue tang fish? Ambio. 49:903–911. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01233-7.
2019
Freshwater, C., S.C. Anderson, K.R. Holt, A.-M. Huang, C.A. Holt. Weakened portfolio effects constrain management effectiveness for population aggregates. Ecological Applications. 29(7):e01966. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1966.
2019
Ward, E.J., S.C. Anderson, L.A. Damiano, M.E. Hunsicker, M.A. Litzow. Modeling regimes with extremes: the ‘bayesdfa’ package for identifying and forecasting common trends and anomalies in multivariate time-series data. The R Journal. 11(2):46–55. https://doi.org/10.32614/RJ-2019-007.
2019
Afflerbach, J.C., M. Frazier, H.E. Froehlich, S.C. Anderson, B.S. Halpern. Quantifying uncertainty in the wild-caught fisheries goal of the Ocean Health Index. Fish and Fisheries. 20(2):343–354. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12346.
2019
Beaudreau, A.H., E.J. Ward, R.E. Brenner, A.O. Shelton, J.T. Watson, J.C. Womack, S.C. Anderson, A.C. Haynie, K.N. Marshall, B.C. Williams. Thirty years of change and the future of Alaskan fisheries: Shifts in fishing participation and diversification in response to environmental, regulatory, and economic pressures. Fish and Fisheries. 20(4):601–619. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12364.
2019
Harvey, B.J., R.A. Andrus, S.C. Anderson. Incorporating biophysical gradients and uncertainty into burn severity maps in a temperate fire-prone forested region. Ecosphere. 10(2):02600. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2600.
2019
Marshall, K.N., J.T. Duffy-Anderson, E.J. Ward, S.C. Anderson, M.E. Hunsicker, B.C. Williams. Long-term trends in ichthyoplankton assemblage structure, biodiversity, and synchrony in the Gulf of Alaska and their relationships to climate. Progress in Oceanography. 170:134–145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2018.11.002.
2019
Anderson, S.C., Ward, E. J. Black swans in space: modelling spatiotemporal processes with extremes. Ecology. 100(1):e02403. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2403. glmmfields R package: CRAN, GitHub.
2018
Walsh, J.C., C. Minto, E. Jardim, S.C. Anderson, O.P. Jensen, J. Afflerbach, K.M. Kleisner, M. Dickey-Collas, C. Longo, G.C. Osio, E.R. Selig, J.T. Thorson, M.B. Rudd, K.J. Papacostas, J.N. Kittinger, A.A. Rosenberg, A.B. Cooper. Trade-offs for data-limited fisheries when using harvest strategies based on catch-only models. Fish and Fisheries. 19(6):1130–1146. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12316.
2018
Ward, E.J., S.C. Anderson, A.O. Shelton, R.E. Brenner, M.D. Adkison, A.H. Beaudreau, J.T. Watson, J.C. Shriver, A.C. Haynie, B.C. Williams. Effects of increased specialization on revenue of Alaskan salmon fishers over four decades. Journal of Applied Ecology. 55(3):1082–1091. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13058.
2018
Hughes, B., S. Lummis, S.C. Anderson, K. Kroeker. Unexpected resilience of a seagrass system exposed to multiple stressors. Global Change Biology. 24(1) 224–234. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13854.
2018
Rosenberg, A.A., K.M. Kleisner, J. Afflerbach, S.C. Anderson, M. Dickey-Collas, A.B. Cooper, M.J. Fogarty, E.A. Fulton, N.L. Gutiérrez, K.J.W. Hyde, E. Jardim, O.P. Jensen, T. Kristiansen, C. Longo, C.V. Minte-Vera, C. Minto, I. Mosqueira, G.C. Osio, D. Ovando, E.R. Selig, J.T. Thorson, J.C. Walsh, Y. Ye. Applying a new ensemble approach to estimating stock status of marine fisheries around the world. Conservation Letters. 11(1): e12363. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12363.
2017
Anderson, S.C., T.A. Branch, A.B. Cooper, N.K. Dulvy. Reply to Youngflesh and Lynch: Migration and population growth rate in animal black-swan events. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(43): E8955–E8956. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1714157114.
2017
Anderson, S.C., E.J. Ward, A.O. Shelton, M.D. Adkison, A.H. Beaudreau, R.E. Brenner, A.C. Haynie, J.C. Shriver, J.T. Watson, B.C. Williams. Benefits and risks of diversification for individual fishers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(40):10797–10802. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1702506114.
2017
Megias, D.A., S.C. Anderson, R.J. Smith, D. Veríssimo. Investigating the impact of media on demand for wildlife: a case study of Harry Potter and the UK trade in owls. PLoS ONE. 12(10): e0182368. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182368.
2017
Chezik, K.A., S.C. Anderson, J.W. Moore. River networks dampen long-term hydrological signals of climate change. Geophysical Research Letters. 44(14):7256–7264. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL074376.
2017
Anderson, S.C., T.A. Branch, A.B. Cooper, N.K. Dulvy. Black-swan events in animal populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(12): 3252–3257. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1611525114.
2017
Anderson, S.C., A.B. Cooper, O.P. Jensen, C. Minto, J.T. Thorson, J.C. Walsh, J. Afflerbach, M. Dickey-Collas, K.M. Kleisner, C. Longo, G.C. Osio, D. Ovando, I. Mosqueira, A.A. Rosenberg, E.R. Selig. Improving estimates of population status and trend with superensemble models. Fish and Fisheries. 18(4): 732–741. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12200.
2016
Trebilco, R., N.K. Dulvy, S.C. Anderson, A.K. Salomon. The paradox of inverted biomass pyramids in kelp forest fish communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283: 20160816. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.0816.
2016
Artelle, K.A., S.C. Anderson, J.D. Reynolds, A.B. Cooper, P.C. Paquet, C.T. Darimont. Ecology of conflict: marine food supply affects human-wildlife interactions on land. Scientific Reports. 6: 25936. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep25936 (PDF).
2016
Kuriyama, P.T., K. Ono, F. Hurtado-Ferro, A.C. Hicks, I.G. Taylor, R.R. Licandeo, K.F. Johnson, S.C. Anderson, C.C. Monnahan, M.B. Rudd, C.C. Stawitz, J.L. Valero. An empirical weight-at-age approach reduces estimation bias compared to modeling parametric growth in integrated, statistical stock assessment models when growth is time varying. Fisheries Research. 180: 119–127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.09.007 (PDF).
2016
Monnahan, C.C., K. Ono, S.C. Anderson, M.B. Rudd, A.C. Hicks, F. Hurtado-Ferro, K.F. Johnson, P.T. Kuriyama, R.R. Licandeo, C.C. Stawitz, I.G. Taylor, J.L. Valero. The effect of length bin width on growth estimation in integrated age-structured stock assessments. Fisheries Research. 180: 103–112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.11.002 (PDF).
2015
Boudreau, S.A., S.C. Anderson, B. Worm. Top-down and bottom-up forces interact at thermal range extremes on American lobster. Journal of Animal Ecology. 84(3): 840–850. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12322 (PDF).
2015
Anderson, S.C., J.W. Moore, M.M. McClure, N.K. Dulvy, A.B. Cooper. Portfolio conservation of metapopulations under climate change. Ecological Applications. 25(2): 559–572. https://doi.org/10.1890/14-0266.1 (PDF).
2015
Orzechowski, E.A., R. Lockwood, J.E.K. Byrnes, S.C. Anderson, S. Finnegan, Z.V. Finkel, P.G. Harnik, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, H.K. Lotze, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, D.P. Tittensor. Marine extinction risk shaped by trait-environment interactions over 500 million years. Global Change Biology. 21(10): 3595–3607. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12963 (PDF).
2015
Finnegan, S.*, S.C. Anderson*, P.G. Harnik*, C. Simpson, D.P. Tittensor, J.E. Byrnes, Z.V. Finkel, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, H.K. Lotze, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi. Paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans. Science. 348(6234): 567–570. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaa6635 (*Authors contributed equally).
2015
Hurtado-Ferro, F., C.S. Szuwalski, J.L. Valero, S.C. Anderson, C.J. Cunningham, K.F. Johnson, R.R. Licandeo, C.R. McGilliard, C.C. Monnahan, M.L. Muradian, K. Ono, K.A. Vert-Pre, A.R. Whitten, A.E. Punt. Looking in the rear-view mirror: bias and retrospective patterns in integrated, age-structured stock assessment models. ICES Journal of Marine Sciences. 72(1): 99–110. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu198 (PDF).
2015
Johnson, K.F., C.C. Monnahan, C.R. McGilliard, K.A. Vert-pre, S.C. Anderson, C.J. Cunningham, F. Hurtado-Ferro, R.R. Licandeo, M.L. Muradian, K. Ono, C.S. Szuwalski, J.L. Valero, A.R. Whitten, A.E. Punt. Time-varying natural mortality in fisheries stock assessment models: identifying a default approach. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 72(1): 137–150. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu055 (PDF).
2015
Ono, K., R. Licandeo, M.L. Muradian, C.J. Cunningham, S.C. Anderson, F. Hurtado-Ferro, K.F. Johnson, C.R. McGilliard, C.C. Monnahan, C.S. Szuwalski, J.L. Valero, K.A. Vert-Pre, A.R. Whitten, A.E. Punt. The importance of length and age composition data in statistical age-structured models for marine species. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 72(1): 31–43. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu007 (PDF).
2014
Farmer, R.G., M.L. Leonard, J.E. Mills Flemming, S.C. Anderson. Observer aging and long-term avian survey data quality. Ecology and Evolution. 4(12): 2563–2576. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1101 (PDF). National Geographic news story.
2014
Anderson, S.C., C.C. Monnahan, K.F. Johnson, K. Ono, J.L. Valero. ss3sim: An R package for fisheries stock assessment simulation with Stock Synthesis. PLoS ONE. 9(4): e92725. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0092725 (PDF). (R package, code.
2014
O’Regan, S.M., W.J. Palen, S.C. Anderson. Climate warming mediates negative impacts of rapid pond drying for three amphibian species. Ecology. 95(4): 845–855. https://doi.org/10.1890/13-0916.1 (PDF). F1000 Prime recommended.
2013
Favaro, B., D.C. Braun, Earth2Ocean Research Derby. Research Derby: A pressure cooker for creative collaborative science. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 40–46. https://doi.org/10.4033/iee.v6i1.4931 (Open access).
2013
Anderson, S.C., A.B. Cooper, N.K. Dulvy. Ecological prophets: Quantifying metapopulation portfolio effects. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 4(10): 971–981. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12093 (PDF, GitHub R package).
2013
Artelle, K.A., S.C. Anderson, A.B. Cooper, P.C. Paquet, J.D. Reynolds, C.T. Darimont. Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management: performance of grizzly bear management. PLoS ONE. 8(11): e78041. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078041 (PDF).
2013
Phillis*, C.C., S.M. O’Regan*, S.J. Green*, J.E. Bruce*, S.C. Anderson, J.N. Linton, Earth2Ocean Research Derby, B. Favaro. Multiple pathways to conservation success. Conservation Letters. 6(2): 98–106. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00294.x (PDF, GitHub repository). (*Authors contributed equally, listed in reverse alphabetical order).
2012
Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C. Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, D.P. Tittensor. Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27(11): 608–617. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2012.07.010 (PDF).
2012
Anderson, S.C., T.A. Branch, D. Ricard, H.K. Lotze. Assessing global marine fishery status with a revised dynamic catch-based method and stock-assessment reference points. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 69(8): 1491–1500. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fss105.
2011
Anderson, S.C., R.G. Farmer, F. Ferretti, A.L.S. Houde, J.A. Hutchings. Correlates of vertebrate extinction risk in Canada. BioScience. 61(7): 538–549. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2011.61.7.8 (PDF).
2011
Anderson, S.C., J.E. Mills Flemming, R. Watson, H.K. Lotze. Serial exploitation of global sea cucumber fisheries. Fish and Fisheries. 12(3): 317–339. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00397.x (PDF). Featured in Science.
2011
Boudreau, S.A., S.C. Anderson, B. Worm. Top-down interactions and temperature control of snow crab abundance in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 429: 169–183. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps09081 (PDF).
2011
Anderson, S.C., J.E. Mills Flemming, R. Watson, H.K. Lotze. Rapid global expansion of invertebrate fisheries: trends, drivers, and ecosystem effects. PLoS ONE. 6(3): e14735. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0014735 (PDF). F1000 Prime recommended.
2008
Anderson, S.C., H.K. Lotze, N.L. Shackell. Evaluating the knowledge base for expanding low-trophic-level fisheries in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 65(12): 2553–2571. https://doi.org/10.1139/F08-156 (PDF).

Peer-reviewed reports

2020
Haggarty D.R., Q.C. Huynh, R.E. Forrest, S.C. Anderson, M.J. Bresch, E.A. Keppel. Evaluation of potential rebuilding strategies for Inside Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) in British Columbia. Accepted as a DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. on June 11 2020. (English version).
2020
Anderson, S.C., R.E. Forrest, Q.C. Huynh, E.A. Keppel. A management procedure framework for groundfish in British Columbia. Accepted as a DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. on June 9 2020. (English version).
2020
Forrest, R.E., S.C. Anderson, C.J. Grandin, P.J. Starr. Assessment of Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus) for Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound (Area 5ABCD), and West Coast Vancouver Island (Area 3CD) in 2018. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2020/070 iv + 204 p. (English version, French version).
2019
Anderson, S.C., E.A. Keppel, A.M. Edwards, 2019. A reproducible data synopsis for over 100 species of British Columbia groundfish. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2019/041. vii + 321 p. (English version, French version).

DFO Technical Reports

2019
Anderson, S.C., and Workman, G.D. A review of groundfish surveys in 2018 and an introduction to the groundfish data synopsis report. In State of the physical, biological and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems in 2018. Edited by J.L. Boldt, J. Leonard, and P.C. Chandler. pp. 90–94. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3314, Sidney, BC. (English version)
2020
English, P.A., Anderson, S.C., and Workman, G.D. A review of groundfish surveys in 2019. In State of the physical, biological and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian Marine Ecosystems in 2019. Edited by J.L. Boldt, A. Javorski, and P.C. Chandler. pp. 102–106. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3377, Sidney, BC. (English version)
2018
Edwards, A.M., Duplisea, D.E., Grinnell, M.H., Anderson, S.C., Grandin, C.J., Ricard, D., Keppel, E.A., Anderson, E.D., Baker, K.D., Benoit, H.P., Cleary, J.S., Connors, B.M., Desgagnes, M., English, P.A., Fishman, D.F., Freshwater, C., Hedges, K.J., Holt, C.A., Holt, K.R., Kronlund, R., Mariscak, A., Obradovich, S.G., Patten, B.A., Rogers, B., Rooper, C.N., Simpson, M.R., Surette, T.J., Tallman, R.F., Wheeland, L.J., Wor, C., and Zhu, X. 2018. Proceedings of the Technical Expertise in Stock Assessment (TESA) national workshop on “Tools for transparent, traceable, and transferable assessments” 27–30 November 2018 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3290, Nanaimo, BC. (English version)

Awards and scholarships

2020–21
Co-principal Investigator on NOAA Office of Science and Technology NMFS-DFO grant “Characterizing range shifts in groundfish species in response to local climate velocities”. An extension to apply methods from a similarly titled ACCASP grant below to NOAA waters. ($30K USD)
2020–21
Collaborator on NOAA Office of Science and Technology NMFS-DFO grant “Groundfish distribution shifts between British Columbia, Canada, and Southeast Alaska, USA: climate drivers, ecosystem impacts and management implications”. ($30K USD)
2019
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Stevenson Lectureship. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/page/cjfas/award A “lectureship conferred upon a young, energetic and creative researcher at the cutting edge of an aquatic discipline”.
2018–20
Principal Investigator of a two-year grant from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program (ACCASP). Project title: Characterizing range shifts in British Columbia groundfish species in response to local climate velocities.
2017
Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) Early Career Award.
http://csee-scee.ca/2017-early-career-awards/
2015
David H. Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
http://conbio.org/mini-sites/smith-fellows/meet-the-fellows/2015-fellows/sean-anderson
2015
Simon Fraser University Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal
https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2015/06/SeanAnderson.html
2014
Garfield Weston Foundation / BC Packers Ltd. Graduate Fellowship in Marine Sciences
2014
Graduate Fellowship (two semesters), Simon Fraser University
2012–13
Canadian Fulbright Scholar award to the University of Washington
2011
Canadian Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for the top-ranked Master’s Natural Sciences and Engineering thesis at Dalhousie University in 2010
2011–14
Provost Prize of Distinction, Simon Fraser University
2011–14
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
2007–10
Faculty Research Grant Scholarship, Dalhousie University
2007–09
Graduate Studies Scholarship, Dalhousie University
2007
Environmental Programmes Honour Society Medal, Dalhousie University

Software

covidseir: https://github.com/seananderson/covidseir

  • Primary statistical model for COVID-19 forecasts for Canada (Public Health Agency of Canada) since August 2020 and British Columbia since April 2020
  • Fits a Bayesian SEIR (Susceptible, Exposed, Infectious, Recovered) model to daily COVID-19 case data
  • Can accommodate multiple types of case data at once (e.g., reported cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions) and accounts for delays between symptom onset and case appearance.
  • Can evaluate epidemic forecasts given changes to population contact rates (e.g., levels of social distancing)
  • Published: Anderson et al. (2020; PLOS Computational Biology)

sdmTMB: https://github.com/pbs-assess/sdmTMB

  • An R package for fitting spatiotemporal species distribution GLMMs (generalized linear mixed effects models) with TMB (Template Model Builder)

glmmfields: https://cran.r-project.org/package=glmmfields

  • Bayesian generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs) with robust random fields for spatiotemporal modeling
  • Allows identification of extreme changes in spatial distribution (e.g., rapid range contractions)
  • Published: Anderson and Ward (2019; Ecology)

bayesdfa: https://cran.r-project.org/package=bayesdfa

  • R package to fit Bayesian Dynamic Factor Analysis (DFA) time series models (co-developed with E.J. Ward)
  • Can identify common trends, extreme events, or regime shifts in multiple ecological timeseries
  • Published: Ward et al. (2019; The R Journal)

csasdown: https://github.com/pbs-assess/csasdown

  • R package for reproducible Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Documents, Science Responses, and Technical Reports via R Markdown
  • Enables fully reproducible CSAS reports going directly from databases to analysis to written reports to bring CSAS reports in line with modern data analysis best practices

rosettafish: https://github.com/pbs-assess/rosettafish

  • Enables the seamless translation of fish- and fisheries-related terms in R code to enable reproducible and efficient production of bilingual CSAS Research Documents and Science Responses

gfplot, gfdata, gfsynopsis, and gfdlm: https://github.com/pbs-assess/

  • R packages to facilitate rapid and reproducible data extraction, model fitting, and plotting of BC groundfish data
  • gfsynopsis is used to generate an annual Research Document synopsis report showing all available fishery and biological data and model fits for 113 species
  • gfdlm facilitates applying the management strategy evaluation toolkit ‘MSEtool’ to BC groundfish

ss3sim: https://github.com/ss3sim/ss3sim

  • R package for flexible, rapid, and reproducible fisheries stock assessment simulation testing with the widely used Stock Synthesis statistical age-structured stock assessment framework
  • Published: Anderson et al. (2014; PLOS ONE)

Selected first-author invited conference presentations

2019
Anderson, S.C., E.A. Keppel, A.M. Edwards, P.A. English, E.J. Ward. An automated synopsis of the state of Pacific Canadian groundfish and climate impacts. North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) conference. Victoria, BC, Canada. Invited talk to plenary session (to be given October 2019).
2018
Anderson, S.C., Ward, E. J. Black swans in space: modelling spatiotemporal processes with extremes. International Statistical Ecology Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland. (slides)
2017
Anderson, S.C. Data-driven approaches to quantifying population status and extremes. Early Career Award keynote lecture at the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE), Victoria, BC, Canada.
2016
Anderson, S.C., T.A. Branch, A.B. Cooper, N.K. Dulvy. Black-swan events in animal populations. North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI, United States.
2016
Anderson, S.C., A.B. Cooper, O.P. Jensen, C. Minto, J.T. Thorson, J.C. Walsh, M. Dickey-Collas, K.M. Kleisner, C. Longo, G.C. Osio, D. Ovando, I. Mosqueira, A.A. Rosenberg, E.R. Selig. Improving estimates of population status and trend with superensemble models. World Fisheries Conference, Busan, South Korea. (Presented in absentia by J.T. Thorson.)
2015
Anderson, S.C., A.B. Cooper, O.P. Jensen, C. Minto, J.T. Thorson, J.C. Walsh, M. Dickey-Collas, K.M. Kleisner, C. Longo, G.C. Osio, D. Ovando, I. Mosqueira, A.A. Rosenberg, E.R. Selig. Improving estimates of population status and trend with superensemble models. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, United States.

Teaching

2020
Two webinars for the national TESA (Technical Expertise in Stock Assessment) 2019–2020 webinar series: (1) data visualization with ggplot2 and (2) efficiently iterating with code using the purrr package
2019
Two-day workshop on Advanced R topics (functional programming, debugging, profiling, benchmarking, parallel processing, integrating C++ with R). University of British Columbia. https://github.com/seananderson/adv-r-course
2019
Organizer of Advanced R book club at Pacific Biological Station. Organized seven twice-a-month meetings of DFO Biologists and Research Scientists to work through the book and clarify exercise material.
2018
One-day workshop on Bayesian data analysis for ecologists with Stan for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. https://github.com/seananderson/bayes-course
2018
Two two-day workshops on advanced generalized linear mixed-effects modeling in R for the Simon Fraser University Library Research Commons. https://github.com/seananderson/glmm-course
2017
One-and-a-half-day workshop on linear mixed-effects modeling in R and generalized linear modeling in R for the David H. Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Research Fellows. https://github.com/seananderson/glmm-course
2016
Two two-day workshops on advanced generalized linear mixed-effects modeling in R for the Simon Fraser University Library Research Commons. https://github.com/seananderson/glmm-course
2014–16
Developed self-directed lecture and exercises on ggplot2 for FISH 554: Beautiful graphics in R, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States.
http://seananderson.ca/ggplot2-FISH554/
2013–14
Organizer of Stats Beerz — a statistical help group attended by graduate students and postdocs primarily in the Earth to Oceans research group, but also the wider SFU Biology and Geography Departments, and the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM).
2013
Two-part workshop on data manipulation for Stats Beerz and Earth to Oceans groups at Simon Fraser University with approximately 25 participants. An introduction to plyr, advanced concepts with plyr and function debugging, and an introduction to dplyr.
https://github.com/seananderson/plyr-statsbeerz
2013
Instructor for BISC-888-1: Data Wrangling and Visualization in R, a graduate-level course at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada with approximately 20 participants. Co-developed curriculum and developed/delivered lectures, exercises, notes, and assignments for three of six two-hour classes.
https://github.com/seananderson/datawranglR (see classes 03, 04, 05)
2012
Introduction to ggplot2. (notes, slides) Lecture for FISH 507H: Beautiful Graphics in R, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
2012
Workshop on the R package plyr. (notes, slides, examples) Branch Lab, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
2011
Multipanel plotting in R with base graphics. (notes, slides). Earth2Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.
2011
A brief introduction to R. (notes, workshop code). Earth2Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.
2011
Workshop on the R package plyr (notes, slides). Earth2Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.
2007–08
Teaching Assistant, Organismal Biology and Ecology, Dalhousie University, two semesters (BIOL 1021).
2007–08
Teaching Assistant, Marine Mammology, Dalhousie University (BIOL 4060).

Working groups and workshops

2020–23
Joint ICES/PICES Working Group on impacts of warming on growth rates and fisheries yields (WGGRAFY).
2020–22
TNC (The Nature Conservancy, based in the California office) working group on climate change impacts on North American west coast fisheries
2020
Ocean Frontier Institute/Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) working group on Spatial Modelling of Fishery Survey Data to Improve Stock Assessment; invited keynote speaker
2019–20
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) FATE (Fisheries and the Environment) working group Spatial ecosystem state and pressure indicators and the scale-dependence of temporal indicator performance in the California Current and beyond
2018–19
European Commission Joint Research Council working group A new approach to strengthen evidence-based fisheries management investigating approaches to providing fisheries management scientific advice based on model ensembles.
2018
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland) working group on ecosystem tipping points
2016–17
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) FATE (Fisheries and the Environment) working group An early-warning index for abrupt change in northeast Pacific ecosystems
2015–16
NCEAS (National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA) Applying portfolio effects to the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem: Did multi-scale diversity buffer against the Exxon Valdez oil spill? (URL)
2015–16
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded working group Applying data-limited stock status models and developing management guidance for unassessed fish stocks.
2011–13
NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC) Working Group Determinants of Extinction in Ancient and Modern Seas led by Paul Harnik, Seth Finnegan, and Rowan Lockwood. (URL)
2010
Atlantic Halibut Assessment Science Peer Review Meeting, Fisheries and Oceans, Dartmouth, NS, Canada.
2007–09
NCEAS (National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA) Distributed Graduate Seminar, in association with the Working Group Finding Common Ground in Marine Conservation and Management led by Ray Hilborn and Boris Worm. (URL)

Reviewing

Reviewer for Science, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fish and Fisheries, Fisheries Research, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology, Proceedings B, Ecology, Marine Policy, Population Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Biological Conservation, Diversity and Distributions, Oikos, Journal of Environmental Management, Endangered Species Research, Aquatic Conservation, NSERC Discovery Grants