Simon Fraser University
REM


Sean Cox

Associate Professor
Quantitative Fisheries Research Group

B.Sc. Biology (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)
M.Sc. Oceanography (University of British Columbia)
Ph.D. Resource Management (University of British Columbia)

Sean is a fisheries scientist interested in applying mathematical, statistical, and technology solutions to fisheries stock assessment and management challenges. He has been an Associate Professor (2009) in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University since 2002 following a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. His academic background includes a B.Sc. Biology/Chemistry(Minor) (University of Massachusetts, Lowell 1993), M.Sc. Oceanography (University of B.C., 1997), and Ph.D. Resource Management and Environmental Studies (U.B.C., 2000). Sean is currently Director of the Cooperative Resource Management Institute at SFU and co-leads the Fisheries Science and Management Research group with Dr. Andy Cooper. Sean is known within Canada and internationally for his stock assessment modeling expertise and systems design approaches to managing some of North America’s largest and most valuable fisheries including Sablefish, Atlantic Halibut, Pacific Halibut, Pacific Herring, and Pacific Hake. He currently Chair’s the Scientific Review Board of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, is the Independent Member of the Pacific Hake Joint Technical Committee, and has served on invited expert review panels for South African Sardine and Hake, Chilean Hoki, Southern Resident Killer Whales, as well as several regional and national Canadian fisheries. He has published over 45 original research articles and technical reports.

Some of Sean’s publications include:

Full Publication Listing

  • Holt, K.R., Peterman, R.M., and Cox, S.P. 2011.Trade-offs between monitoring objectives, and monitoring effort when classifying regional conservation status of Pacific salmon populations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:880-897 with supplement.
  • Cleary, J.S., Cox, S.P., and Schweigert, J. 2010. Performance evaluation of harvest control rules for Pacific herring management in British Columbia, Canada. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67:2005-2011.
  • Holt, K.R., Cox, S.P., and J. Sawada. 2009. In-season forecasting of coho salmon marine survival via coded wire tag recoveries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29: 1165-1182.
  • Cox, S.P. and Kronlund, A.R. 2008. Practical stakeholder driven harvest policies for British Columbia groundfish fisheries. Fisheries Research. (available online doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2008.05.006).
  • Holt, K.R. and Cox, S.P. 2008. Evaluation of visual survey programs for monitoring coho salmon escapement in relation to conservation guidelines. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 1770-1780.
  • Hirner, J.L. and S.P. Cox. 2007. Effects of rainbow trout on amphibian density and growth in productive recreational fishing lakes of British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 212-226.
  • Parkinson E.A., Post J.R. and S.P. Cox. 2004. Linking harvesting effort dynamics to recruitment dynamics in a multi-stock, spatially-structured fishery. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61: 1658-1670.
  • Cox, S.P., J. Sawada, and W. de la Mare. 2003. In-season forecasting of North Coast coho salmon marine survival: a decision analytic method and retrospective analysis. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat res. Doc. 2003/063.
  • Cox, S.P., and J.F. Kitchell. 2004. Lake Superior Ecosystem, 1929-1998: simulating alternative hypotheses for recruitment failure of lake herring (Coregonus artedi). Bulletin of Marine Science 74: 607-620.
  • Cox, S.P., T. E. Essington, J. F. Kitchell, S. J.D. Martell, C. J. Walters, C. Boggs, and I. Kaplan. (2002). Reconstructing ecosystem dynamics in the Central Pacific Ocean, 1952-1998. I. Estimating population biomass and recruitment of tunas and billfishes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 1724-1735.
  • Cox, S.P., T. E. Essington, J. F. Kitchell, S. J.D. Martell, C. J. Walters, C. Boggs, and I. Kaplan. (2002). Reconstructing ecosystem dynamics in the Central Pacific Ocean, 1952-1998. II. A preliminary assessment of the trophic impacts of fishing and effects on tuna dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 1736-1747.
  • Cox, S.P., Walters, C.J., and J.R. Post. (2003). A model-based evaluation of active management of recreational fishing effort. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23(4): 1294-1302.
  • Cox, S.P., Beard, T.D. and Walters, C.J. (2002). Harvest control in open-access sport fisheries: hot rod or asleep at the reel? Bulletin of Marine Science 70(2): 749-761.
  • Cox, S. P and Walters, C.J. (2002). Maintaining quality in recreational fisheries: how success breeds failure in the management of open-access fisheries. Pages 107 - 119 in T.J. Pitcher and C. Hollingworth, editors. Recreational fisheries: Ecological, Economic, and Social Evaluation. Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK.
  • Cox, S. P., Walters, C.J. and Post, J. R. (2002). Modeling exploitation in recreational fisheries and implications for effort management on British Columbia rainbow trout lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 22: 21-34.
  • Cox, S. P. and Hinch, S.G. 1997. Changes in size at maturity of Fraser River sockeye salmon (1952-1993) and associations with temperature. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 54(5). p.1159-1165.

Dr. Cox teaches Population and Community Ecology (REM 611), Simulation Modeling in Natural Resource Management (REM 612), Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (REM 311), and Advanced Methods in Fisheries Assessment (REM 614).