Curriculum vitae (CHEN, YONG)
Business and mailing address:
School of Marine Sciences
218 Libby Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Tel. (207) 581-4303
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Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, September 1991 – October 1994 (the degree conferred
March 1995 after I left Toronto for my first job in Australia which started on January 6,
Department of Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada.
Supervisor: Professor J. E. Paloheimo.
Major: Fisheries population dynamics
Thesis title: Parameter estimation and data analysis in fisheries.
Master of Science in Zoology, January 1990 - November 1991 (degree awarded in Nov.
1991). Department of Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada.
Supervisor: Professor H. H. Harvey
Major: Fish Ecology
Thesis title: Growth comparisons and analysis on thirty-three white sucker,
Catostomus commersoni, populations in Ontario with reference to
Bachelour of Agriculture in Fisheries Science, September 1979-July 1983.
Department of Fisheries, Qingdao Ocean University
Specialist Programs in Fishing Science
Thesis title: Design of 600 HP Pair Trawls.
GENERAL RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Fisheries Population Dynamics, Fisheries Ecology, Fish Life History, Fisheries
Management, Stock Assessment, Uncertainty Quantifications,
Decision-making Theory, Statistical and Mathematical Modelling,
Computer Simulations, Computation-intensive Methods, Multivariate
Statistics, and Spatial Analysis, and Ecosystem modelling and
1990: University of Toronto Open Fellowship: $3,400.
1991: Jeanne F. Goulding Ecological Fellowship: $5,000.
1992: Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Postgraduate Scholarship: $17,400.
1992: Ontario Graduate Scholarship: $12,000 (declined due to the NSERC scholarship).
1993: Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Postgraduate Scholarship: $17,400.
1994: Ontario Graduate Scholarship: $12,000.
1995-96: Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship: $29,000/year (declined due to the
acceptance of a job in the New South Wales Fisheries Department
1997 – 2000: NSERC Associate Chair in Fisheries Conservation at the
Memorial University of Newfoundland
1998-2000: Researcher of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation
2000-2003: Chinese Natural Science Foundation (CNSF) Outstanding Young
Scientist Award (Type B for scientists abroad, CNSF #30028018;
RMB 400,000 Yuan)中国自然科学基金海外青年合作基金
COMMITTEE WORK SINCE YEAR 2000
； Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (June
； Member of the SMS Peer Review Committee and Space Committee (2004 –
； Chair, School of Marine Science (SMS) Graduate Admission Committee
； Member of the SMS Graduate Admission Committee (2001-2003);
； Member of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission Lobster Model
； Fisheries Conservation Advisor for the Kuwait Institute of Sciences (evaluating
the impacts of the Gulf War on the Kuwait fisheries resources);
； NMFS Stock Assessment Review Committee 37, more fisheries committee
School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono
; Professor (tenured, 9/1/2007 - present)
; Associate Professor (tenured, 9/1/2003 –8/31/2007)
; Assistant Professor (7/1/2000 – 8/31/2003)
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
; Adjunct Professor of Biology Department (May 2001 – present)
; Assistant Professor (July 1997 – August 2000), Fisheries and Marine Institute
; NSERC Associate Chair in Fisheries Conservation (July 1997 – August 2000)
; Cross-appointed to the Department of Biology (August 1997 – August 2000)
; Cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics (Sept. 1997 – Aug. 2000)
; Canada Foundation for Innovation Researcher (January 1999 - Aug. 2000)
New South Wales (NSW) Fisheries Research Institute, Cronulla, NSW, Australia
; Population Dynamicist (Scientific Officer, probation) January 1995 - January 1996
; Population Dynamicist (permanent NSW State civil servant) January 1996 - June 1996
; Senior Population Dynamicist (permanent NSW State civil servant) July 1996 - July 1997
Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research
; Fisheries Conservation Consultant (studied the impacts of the Gulf War on the area fisheries
and provided the results to the UN War Compensation Committee (2000 - 2002).
National Institute of Waters and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand
; NIWA Fisheries Stock Assessment Visiting Scientist April 1999 - May 1999
Department of Fisheries, Central China Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
; Adjunct Professor in Fisheries (Jan. 2005 – present)
; Teaching Assistant (July 1983 – Nov. 1988)
Shanghai Fisheries University, Shanghai, China
; Adjunct Professor, June 2006 - present
National Taiwan University, Taipei, China
; Visiting Professor March 2004, October 2005 (invited and paid by the National
; Sabbatical Visiting Professor Oct. 2006 – January 2007 (Sabbatical, Invited
and financially supported by the National Research Council)
Worldfish Center, Penang, Malaysia
; Visiting Scientist Sept. 2006 (Sabbatical, Invited and financially supported by the Worldfish
Department of Zoology, University of Toronto:
1990-1994: BIO150Y Lab Instructor.
1991-1992: ZOO486H Teaching Assistant in Environmental Factor Lab Course.
1988-1994: Graduate Research Assistant.
Courses lectured at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (September 1997- July
MMS6002 Quantitative Methods in Fisheries for graduate students in Fisheries
Resources Management Program (3 credits; every fall semester)
STAT2500 Statistics for Business and Arts (3 credits; every fall semester)
Courses lectured at the University of Maine (since July 1, 2000; Research:Teaching -
SMS 562 Fisheries Population Dynamics (3 credits; every Fall semester, 100%
SMS 598-05:Special topics in Marine Sciences (3 credits, spring 2001, 100%
SMS 598-001: Special topics in Marine Science: Spatial dynamics of marine fisheries
and its impacts on fisheries stock assessment and management (3 credits, spring
2002, 100% responsibility)
SMS 597: Independent study: Spatial analysis of fisheries data (3 credits, as needed,
SMS 597: Statistical Modelling (3 credit, as needed, 100% responsibility)
SMS 699. Graduate thesis (fall, summer, and spring semesters, 100% teaching
responsibility): Each MS student takes about 9 thesis credit hours, and each PhD
students take 18+ thesis credit hours.
SMS 321 Introduction to Fisheries Sciences (3 credits, every Spring semester, 100%
SMS 400 Capstone Research Experience (3-4 credits, 100% responsibility)
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES AND SOFTWARE
AD Model Builder, C, C++, FORTRAN, SAS, and NTSYS (for multivariate analysis)
Research grants held at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
(1) "Assessing fish stocks using robust methods" Canadian Natural Science and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) operating grant - $73,600, 1998-2001 (Chen)
(2) "The dynamics of fish stocks and their ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador"
Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) — Industry Chair
program - $36,000 1997-2001 (Chen)
(3) "Cod ecosystems" Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Chair in Fisheries Conservation — $5,000,000 from 1997 to 2001 (excluding ship time)
(Rose, Snelgrove, and Chen)
(4) A New Initiative in Fisheries and Marine Science at the Memorial University of
Newfoundland; Application of New Acoustic Technologies to the Newfoundland Marine
Ecosystem - $367,000 1998-1999 (Rose, Snelgrove, and Chen)
Grants held at the University of Maine since July 1, 2000
1) Start-up fund from the University of Maine $73,000 (2000 - 2002) (Chen) 2) NOAA/Sea Grant program: Simulation study of the lobster egg-per-recruit model $5,292
(Nov. 2000 – Jan. 2002) (Chen and C. Wilson)
3) National Science Foundation China: A risk analysis of aquaculture program on lake ecosystem
in China, 400,000 Chinese Dollars (2001-2003) (Yong Chen of UMaine and L. Chen of East
China Normal University). The grant is managed by East China Normal Univ. in Shanghai,
4) Northeast Consortium/NOAA: Developing stock assessment methods for the New England
deep-sea red crab fishery (part I) (2001-2003) (Wahle, Williams, and Chen). $274,783 5) NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, Developing stock assessment methods for the New
England deep-sea red crab fishery (part II) (2002) (Wahle, Williams, and Chen). $85,302 6) Maine Marine Science Program (DMR): Study lobster and sea urchin population dynamics in
Maine $43,800 (2001-2002) (Chen)
7) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Lobster stock assessment and biological reference
point $50,000 (2001-2002) (Chen)
8) Maine Sea Urchin Zone Council: Developing a fishery-independent survey program for the
Maine sea urchin population $79,000 (2001-2002) (Russell, Hunter, and Chen) 9) Thistle Marine LLC. Spatial dynamics of the lobster fishery $7,900 (2002) (Chen) 10) Northeast Consortium/NOAA: Developing a computer simulation framework for identifying
an optimal fishery-independent survey program for the MS sea urchin population. $23,920
11) NOAA/Sea Grant: Developing a Bayesian framework for the American lobster stock
assessment $201,188 (Feb. 2002-Jan. 2004) (Chen and Wilson)
12) Maine Department of Environmental Protection/Sea Grant: Spatial dynamics of the lobster
stock and fishing effort. $70,000 (Feb. 2002-Jan. 2004) (Chen et al.) 13) Maine Sea Urchin Zone Council: Developing, evaluating, and refining stock assessment
framework for the Maine sea urchin fishery $39,038 (2002-2003) (Chen and Hunter) 14) Maine Sea Grant and MIT Sea Grant: a preliminary study of spatial dynamics of groundfish
fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. $18,710 (2002) (Chen)
15) NOAA Synthesis Program: Impacts of transport process on lobster fishery patterns. (2002-
2004) Incze and other 10 PIs ($69,847 for Chen)
16) Northeast Consortium/NOAA: Abundance, migration and recruitment of Northern shrimp in
the Gulf of Maine: an industry-initiated verification survey and environmental monitoring pilot
project. (2002-2003) Schick and other 11 PIs ($3,000 for data analysis, Chen) 17) Northeast Consortium/NOAA: A preliminary study of Maine sea cucumber fishery ($25,000)
(Chen and Feindel)
18) National Marine Fisheries Services: Codend mesh selectivity in the Gulf of Maine:
Multispecies trawl fishery. $182,560 (He, Bouchard, and Chen)
19) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Studying the Jonah crab fishery in Maine. $38,557
20) Maine Lobster Advisory Committee and Department of Marine Resources: An assessment of
American Lobster stock in the Gulf of Maine. $33,409 (2003-2004) (Chen) 21) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Cooperative fisheries research. $26,727 (2003-2004)
22) Northeast Consortium/NOAA: An evaluation of the Maine sea cucumber resources and
impacts of exploitation $163,745. 2003-2007 (Chen et al.)
23) Maine Department of Marine Resources: cooperative fisheries research. $33,409 (2004-2005)
24) Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission: Lobster stock assessment. $41,207 (2004-2006)
25) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Study of marine baitworm in Maine. $32,517 (2004-
26) Maine Lobster Advisory Committee: Testing biological reference point for the American
lobster. $29,600 (2004-2005) (Chen)
27) Maine Sea Grant /Northeast Consortium: Fisheries Research in Maine. $40,000, Chen (2004
28) Sea Grant/NOAA: An agent-based model of the Maine lobster fishery. Wilson, Chen, and
Hiebeler $75,041 for Chen (2004-2007)
29) NOAA and National Sea Grant: Fisheries Population Dynamics PhD Fellowship program
$114,390 Chen (2005 – 2008)
30) NOAA/Maine Sea Grant: Developing and evaluating biological reference points for the
American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery management. $219,959 Chen (2006 – 2008).
31) NOAA/Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association: Using Hook and Line to
Minimize Cod Bycatch in a Directed Haddock Fishery on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of
Maine. $17,211 Chen (2006)
32) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Monhegan project: closed area investigation of
effort in the Maine lobster fishery. $2,988 (2006) Chen
33) Maine Sea Grant: A preliminary study to develop and evaluate spatially-explicit stock
assessment model for cod fisheries. $4,000 (2006-2007) Chen
34) Maine Sea Grant: Analyzing Maine inshore groundfish trawl survey data. $31,290 (2006-
2007) Chen Maine Department of Marine Resources Cooperative Agreement for Assessing
the Maine Marine Resources, $ 17,835, Chen (2006-2007)
35) Department of Marine Resources: Lobster Research, Education and Development:
Developing, evaluating, and outreaching the Bayesian length-structure lobster stock
assessment model, $139,549, Chen and Wilson (2007-2008)
36) Department of Marine Resources: Lobster Research, Education and Development: Analyzing
growth data of American lobster, $70,000, Wahle, Chen and Lawson (2007-2008) 37) National Science Foundation (NSF): Collaborative Research: Direct and indirect coupling of
fisheries through economic, regulatory, environmental and ecological linkages, Holland et al.
($100,000 for Chen; 2007-2012).
38) Maine Department of Marine Resources: Cooperative fisheries research. $14,998 (2007-
39) NOAA/Maine Sea Grant: Modeling ecosystem dynamics for American lobster (Homarus
americanus) in the Gulf of Maine. $205,880, Chen and Wilson (2008 - 2010)
40) NASA: Lobster settlement forecasting in the Gulf of Maine. $500,000, Thomas, Xue, Chen,
Wahle, and Pershing (2008 – 2010) (pending)
Most of my funding from the Maine DMR supports data analysis, modeling, and stock
assessment. The fieldwork components for some of the cooperative projects between my
lab and DMR scientists listed above are conducted by the Maine Department of Marine
Resources (e.g., their inshore trawl survey, sea urchin survey, sea cucumber survey,
marine worm survey, lobster port and sea sampling programs, etc.) with the involvement
of myself and my students in survey design and field implementation, and their costs were
not included in my project funding listed above.
GRADUATE STUDENTS COMPLETED THEIR PROGRAMS
UNDER MY ADVISE/CO-ADVISE
Yingming Zhao (MS, started Sept. 1998, co-advised with Dr. Joe Brown)
“ Impacts of cod egg sizes on survival and growth rates of larvae”
(at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed May
2001, received PhD at U of Toronto in 2005 and currently is a
postdoc at Michigan State University)
Harshana Rajakaruna (MS, started Sept. 1999, co-advised with Dr. Paul Snelgrove)
"Impacts of the quality of fisheries data on fish stock assessment
and fisheries management" (at the Memorial University of
Newfoundland, completed May 2003, currently Natural Resources
scientist in Sri Lanka)
Robert Grabowski (MS in Marine Biology, started Sept. 2001). Population dynamics and spatial
analysis of the Maine green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) fishery (at
the University of Maine, completed in May 2003, currently PhD student at the
Southern Florida University)
Kevin Scheirer (MS in Marine Policy, started January 2001). Spatial dynamics of
lobster fishery and its impacts on the fishery management in Maine (at
University of Maine, completed in Dec. 2003 currently Researcher at
GOM Research Institute)
Yan Jiao (Ph.D. in Marine Biology, started Sept. 2000) Fish Population Dynamics modeling‖ (at
the Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed in Jan. 2004, currently
Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech)
Yuying Zhang (MS in Oceanography, started Sept. 2003). Modeling the lobster ecosystem in the Gulf
of Maine, completed in Aug. 2005, currently PhD student in my lab)
Sheril Kirshenbaum (Dual MS degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy, January 2003 – Nov.
2005). Assessment and management of sea cucumber fishery in Maine, Knauss
Fellow(Legislative Intern in the US Senate) Currently Associate in Research for
Ocean and Coastal Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions,
Kate Jones (Dual MS degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy, Sept. 2002 - Dec. 2005). Sea
urchin stock assessment and management in the State of Maine (Research associate at
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Kathleen Reardon (Dual MS degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy, January 2003 – April
2006). Assessment, monitoring and management of Jonah crab in Maine (currently
Marine Resource Scientist at the Maine Department of Marine Resources) Adrian Jordaan (PhD in Marine Biology, January 2003). Aquatic ecology and community in the Acadia
National Park, Maine, co-advised by Chen (51%) and Dr. Dave Townsend (49%)
(Completed in Aug. 2006; currently Postdoc Research Associate at the Stony Brook
I also co-advised three PhD students (Zaifu YANG, Bing SONG, and Qigen Liu) at the East China Normal University in Shanghai who were involved in a research project there funded by the Chinese National Science Foundation (CNSF oversea scholar project #30028018). They graduated with PhD degrees in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
GRADUATE STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN MY LAB
Darcie Couture (Dual MS candidate in Marine Biology and Marine Policy, Sept. 2002). The
management and dynamics of the Maine lobster fishery (started her current position in
April 2005 as the Director of Environment Monitoring Section in the Maine
Department of Marine resources, plan to defend her thesis in by May 2007) Yuying Zhang (PhD candidate in the UMaine Interdisciplinary PhD program, started Sept. 2005).
Lobster biological reference points
Mike Errigo (PhD student in Marine Biology, Started Sept. 2004). Structured errors in modelling
fisheries population dynamics and stock assessment. (with the National Sea Grant-
NOAA Fish Population Dynamics Fellowship)
Danielle Brzezinski (Dual MS candidate in Marine Biology and Marine Policy, started Sept. 2006).
Groundfish and scallop spatial and temporal dynamics and their management
Keri Stepanek (MS candidate in Marine Biology, started Sept. 2006) Inshore groundfish trawl survey
in the Gulf of Maine. (arrangement has been made for Keri to keep her fulltime
employment as a Marine Resource Scientist with the Maine Department of Marine
Chang Jui-han (PhD student in Marine Biology Program, started Sept. 2007). Lobster fisheries in the
Gulf of Maine
Alia Al-Humaidhi (Dual MS program in Marine Biology and Policy, Sept. 2007). Groundfish
fisheries in the Gulf of Maine.
Derek Olson (Dual MS program in Marine Biology and Policy, Sept. 2007), Groundfish fisheries
in the Gulf of Maine.
Charlene Bergeron (MS in Marine Biology, Sept. 2007), Estimating growth of lobster from meta-
analysis of tagging data
Yunkai Li (Visiting PhD student from the East China Normal University supported by the
Ministry of Education of China and University of Maine, Sept. 2007), Modeling
ecosystem of East China Sea.
Errigo, Zhang, and Brzezinski are recipients of the UMaine Provost Fellowship (the most prestigious scholarship for incoming graduate students at the UMaine) in 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively.
I am currently also serving on one MS and one PhD Advisory Committees at the UMaine.
All my current graduate students are involved in one or more of my research projects, which become the topics of their research theses. My graduate students are funded by my research grants and scholarships.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS IN MY LAB.
I have advised the following Postdoctoral Research Associates and they were all fully
funded by my research grants:
; Dr. Minoru Kanaiwa (2002-2005, Green sea urchin and American lobster stock
assessment): Dr. Kanaiwa become a tenure-track faculty member in Oct. 2005 at the
Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan
; Dr. Thomas Windholz (2002, Spatial statistics for the green sea urchin fishery): Dr. Windholz
become a faculty member of the Idaho State University
; Dr. Ying Xue (2005-2006, Trophic dynamics of the GOM lobster ecosystem): Dr. Xue
becomes a faculty member at the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China. ; Dr. Shiquan Tian (2007 – present, fisheries stock assessment and management): Dr. Tian is
a new faculty member of the Shanghai Fisheries University.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ADVISING
The following students have completed their capstone/honor thesis research projects in my lab during the last 3 years:
; Roberto Bongioanni (sea urchin fishery),
; John Speirs (Coastal Fisheries ecology),
; Glenn Chamberlain (American lobster fishery),
; Lindsay Hamlin (coastal fish community), and
; Chelsey Cronan (American lobster fishery)
; Mahima Jaini (Maine green sea urchin biology and management policy) I am also the academic advisor of 2-3 undergraduate students per year.
Research Assistants and Research Associates who worked in my lab (paid from my research
grants) (semesters and years indicated are the time when they work in my lab). ; Ms. Nichole Stenberg (undergraduate in Marine Biology, Spring 2002), part-time RA ; Ms. Kathryn Wisz (undergraduate in Marine Biology, Spring and Fall 2002, 2003), part-time
; Ms. Ellen Fortado (undergraduate in Marine Biology, Fall 2002), Part-time RA ; Mr. Adrian Jordaan (Graduate student in Marine Biology, Spring and Fall 2002) ; Ms. Xiemen Fang (Research Associate, 2002)
; Ms. Xiaowei Tian (Research Assistant, 2002)
; Mr. Bo Shi (High school student, summer 2002, attended MIT since Fall 2002) ; Ms. Erica He (High school student, summer 2002, attended Brown University since 2004) ; Ms. Liying Yan (Ph.D Candidate in computer sciences at University of Maine, summer 2003) ; Mr. Jared Carter (undergraduate student in Politics and Marine Biology, Fall 2003, Spring
2004) part-time RA
; Ms. Lindsay Hamlin (Student Research Assistant, 2004, 2005)
FULL PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PAPERS (names with * are my students or postdoc).
(1) Chen, Y., D. A. Jackson, H. H. Harvey. 1992. A comparison of von Bertalanffy and
polynomial functions in modelling fish growth data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and
Aquatic Sciences 49:1228-1235.
(2) Paloheimo, J. E. and Y. Chen. 1993. Estimation of effective effort from catch-at-age
data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50:2421-2428.
(3) Chen, Y., D. A. Jackson, and J. E. Paloheimo. 1994. Robust regression approach to
analyzing fisheries data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51:1420-
(4) Chen, Y. and J. E. Paloheimo. 1994. Robust regression approach to estimating fish
mortality rates with a cohort-based model. Transactions of the American Fisheries
(5) Chen, Y. and J. E. Paloheimo. 1994. Estimation of fish length and age at 50%
maturity using a logistic type model. Aquatic Sciences 56:206-219.
(6) Chen, Y. and H. H. Harvey. 1994. Maturation of white sucker, Catostomus
commersoni, populations in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic
(7) Chen, Y. and J. E. Paloheimo. 1995. A robust regression analysis of recruitment in
fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52: 993-1006.
(8) Chen, Y. and H. H. Harvey. 1995. Growth, abundance, and food supply of white
sucker, Catostomus commersoni. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
(9) Chen, Y. and D. A. Jackson. 1995. Robust estimation of mean and variance in
fisheries. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124:401-412.
(10) Chen, Y. 1996. A Monte Carlo study on impacts of the size of subsample catch on
estimation of fish stock parameters. Fisheries Research 26:207-223.
(11) Paloheimo, J. E. and Y. Chen. 1996. Estimating fishing mortality and cohort sizes.