LaTreese S. Denson, PhD Student
I am currently a PhD student in the Marine Biology and Ecology Department at the University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, FL. I started in August 2015, after finishing a Masters of Science in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Please take a look at my CV if you’re interested in learning more about my research experience and education, or click "read more" to learn about how I became interested in this field.
My research is in the field of fisheries stock assessment and population dynamics. What does that mean? In other words, I use a combination of fisheries data and computer models to estimate how our economically valuable fish stocks are doing. My specific interest is in supporting sustainable fisheries by exploring ways to incorporating newly developed fisheries independent data, that may provide a better picture of a stocks population dynamics, into a stock assesment. I enjoy translating the known interactions of physical oceanography and larval fish dynamics into models used for stock assessments and seeing where the results take me. Given that techology has advanced so much in the last 20 years and ecosystems are undergoing undeniable changes, these interactions are something we cannot ignore.
We Received a 2018 NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center Research Grant
Posted: May 2018
I, along with my collaborators from the University of Miami, Savannah State University, the NOAA Southeast and Northwest Fisheries Science centers proposed a year long study using a newly developed geostatistical model to explicitly account for the effect of spatiotemporal variation in abundance indices and to quantify the effect of the environment on shifts in distribution and trends in abundance. This project will specifically focus on King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla), a commercially important species in the Gulf of Mexico. The awarded funds will allow me to be trained to use these geostatitical models at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and allow an undergraduate student from Savannah State University to contribute to the project through a summer internship in 2019.
Session P report : Recruitment Dynamics in a Changing Environment
from the ICES 2017 Annual Science Conference
Posted: Janurary 2018
During the 2017 ICES Annual Science Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (September 18-21). I co-convened an interesting session on the different perspectives on recruitment variability and predictability, along with scientists from the University of Bergen in Norway. Our keynote speaker Dr. Steve Munch began the session with an overview of the current state of research and we ended with a panel discussion on future approaches and challenges.
Conveners and panelists of Session P: LaTreese Denson, Kenneth Rose, Rishi Sharma, Stephan B. Munch, Fabian Zimmermann and Claire Paris
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Friday, June 17th, 2016
From June 5th to June 18th I participated in a larval ecology research cruise in the Caribbean with the NOAA FORCES lab. From day to day they blogged about different activities taking place on the ship. On a few days they featured various scientists that were participating in the cruise. Here is the blog entry featuring moi. Don’t for get to also catch up on my personal blog that I worked on during the cruise.