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Generally, I quantify the relationships between vital rates of fishes, environmental conditions, and fishing practices with the intent of using this information for improved management. Before relocating to the West Coast, I worked extensively along the East Coast as a researcher and manager. As a researcher, my work related to modeling movement rates, maturation, fidelity, and mortality of coastal fishes (e.g. black drum, weakfish, striped bass, Atlantic salmon). This work involved developing and extending techniques in tagging (Jiang et al. 2007, NAJFM), otolith microchemistry (Wells et al CJFAS 2001, 2003; Wells et al TAFS 2000; Wells et al. MEPS 2003), and fisheries stock assessment (Jones and Wells Fish. Bull. 1998, 2001). I also served on the ASMFC as a stock assessment biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The experiences I gained on the East Coast made my transition to West Coast research and management relatively simple. During 2003-2007 my research developed new methods for determining the role of environmental variation of growth, maturation, and survival of important salmon species (Wells et al Fish. Ocean. 2006,2007,2008) and ecosystem dynamics (Wells et al. MEPS 2008). These works also demonstrate methodology for including environmental variables into fishery forecast models. TopMore Information