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Personal Statement

I joined the faculty staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2007 and was appointed senior lecturer in Marine Resource Modelling in 2014.  I am also the departmental Director of Knowledge Exchange, responsible for helping colleagues develop KE activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Continuous Professional Development, and consultancy. My research involves developing computationally efficient population models of fish stocks in which physiological structure and spatial structure and combined, and I have strong track record of widely cited peer-reviewed publications (average of 24 citations per article, three papers with >100 citations). My research on spatial modelling of zooplankton, as part of the NERC MarProd programme, established a new to modelling the growth and transport by ocean currents of stage-structured populations (e.g. Speirs et al. 2006, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 313, 173-192). With partners at Marine Scotland Science I led the development of a new size-structured multispecies model for fish communities (Speirs et al. 2010, Fish. Res. 106, 474-494), now known as FishSUMS (Fish Strathclyde University – Marine Scotland). Motivated by policy-driven concerns about the effects of multi-species fisheries, the model has been used to explore the consequences of a range of fisheries management scenarios. Over the last seven years I have been PI or Co-I in grants totalling over £1.3 million FEC. I am an editor for Ecology and the Journal of Biological Systems, and I sit on steering groups of the Strathclyde Marine Institute and the Centre for Mathematics Applied to the Life Sciences (CMALS).  I am deputy convener of the MASTS Fisheries Forum, a group that has representation from all major fisheries related institutes in Scotland, and covers diverse disciplines including biology, stock assessment, ecosystem modelling, economics, and stakeholder experience.

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Projects 2007 2023

Research Output 2000 2019

Open Access
File
herring
Population Density
Appointments and Schedules
population density
Temperature

Timing of sandeel spawning and hatching off the East Coast of Scotland

MacDonald, A., Heath, M. R., Greenstreet, S. P. R. & Speirs, D. C., 6 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, MAR, 11 p., 70.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Hatches
Date
Scotland
Coastal zones
hatching

Thesis

A unified population model of Calanus finmarchicus and C. helgolandicus in the North Atlantic

Author: Wilson, R., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Speirs, D. (Supervisor) & Heath, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Length-structured approach to fisheries stock assessment

Author: Bakhshi, A., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Speirs, D. (Supervisor) & Heath, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2011

5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium in Pucon

Douglas Speirs (Invited speaker)
Mar 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference