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Andre
Punt
University of Washington
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I have been a Professor with the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, University of Washington since 2001. I obtained my PhD at the University of Cape Town under Prof. Doug Butterworth in 1991. After graduating, I spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington working primarily on fishery assessment in New Zealand, before taking an appointment as a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Marine Research in Hobart, Australia.

My research interests include methods for conducting fisheries and marine mammal stock assessments, specifically the use of Bayesian methods for parameter estimation and the use of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) approach to asses the performance of decision rules and stock assessment methods. I have been involved in the development of the MSE approach since 1988 and have applied it in diverse settings, including for groundfish species off Australia, South Africa and the US as well as for prawns off northern Australia and coral trout on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. I am involved in the provision and review of scientific management advice for the Pacific and North Pacific Fishery Management Councils and have been a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission since 1990.