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Current graduate students and postdoc fellows

  • Chad Wong (MSc student, co-advised with Professor Eric Hallerman)
  • Houston Chandler (PhD student, co-advised with Professor Carola Haas (major advisor) )

Student achievements/awards

  • Rujia Bi, Dwight Chamberlain Graduate Wildlife Fellowship, 2020
  • Rujia Bi, AFS student travel award, 2019
  • Corbin Hilling, Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship ($80,000). 2018–2020
  • Corbin Hilling, Best Student Poster Award, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2018
  • Corbin Hilling, Dwight Chamberlain Graduate Fellowship, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, 2018
  • Min Li, Ph.D. student study abroad fellowship from Chinese Scholarship Council, 2017-2019
  • Corbin Hilling, Department Nominee, Virginia Tech Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. 2018
  • Corbin Hilling, Catfish Management Technical Committee Scholarship. 2017
  • Corbin Hilling, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, 2017
  • Corbin Hilling, Burd Sheldon McGinnes Graduate Fellowship, 2017
  • Corbin Hilling, Robert D. Ross Graduate Scholarship Award, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2017
  • Qiuyun Ma, Ph.D. student study abroad fellowship from Chinese Scholarship Council, 2015-2017
  • Baochao Liao, Ph.D. student study abroad fellowship from Chinese Scholarship Council, 2015-2016
  • Matt Vincent, NMFS-Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship 2013 (fund returned back because Matt accept another PhD student position offer before the award came)
  • Yan Li, Massey Award, Virginia Tech, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, 2012
  • Yan Li, GSA (Graduate School Association) travel award, Graduate School, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • Man Tang, GSA (Graduate School Association) travel award, Graduate School, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • Irene Ballesta, TALENTIA Fellowship, 2010-2012
  • Man Tang, GSA (Graduate School Association) Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP) Research Award, Virginia Tech, 2011
  • Yan Li, Outstanding Master Student, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, 2011
  • Yan Li, International Student Award, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, 2011
  • Hao Yu, International Association of Great Lakes Research-Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Student Travel Award, 2010
  • Hao Yu, International Student Award, 2009
  • Robert Leaf, Robert D. Ross graduate scholarship, Virginia Chapter of American Fisheries Society, 2009
  • Robert Leaf, Massey Award, Virginia Tech, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, 2009
  • Qing He, American Fisheries Society Equal Opportunities Section Travel Award, 2009
  • Chris Hayes, NOAA-Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2007
  • Robert Leaf, NMFS-Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2009
  • Hao Yu, Sussman Summer Environmental Fellowship, 2007

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Past graduate students

 

Name

Year Graduated

Thesis/dissertation

Current positions

Master students

Chris Hayes

2008

Investigating single and multiple species fisheries management: stock status evaluation of hammerhead (Sphyrna spp.) sharks in the western North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

National Sea Grant College Program, NOAA

 

Qing He

2010

Investigating the performance of process-observation error estimator and robust estimators in surplus production model: a simulation study

first Ph.D. student, Department of Statistics, Emory University; then Data Scientist at Samsung SDS, AI R&D Lab

 

Yan Li

2010

Investigating ecosystem-level effects of gillnet and trap-net bycatch in Lake Erie: implications for commercial fisheries management

first Ph.D. student under my supervision, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech; then postdoc University of California, Davis; then postdoc University of Pennsylvania; now Stock Assessment Scientist, Division of Marine Fisheries, NC Department of Environmental Quality

 

Man Tang

2012

Bayesian population dynamics modeling to guide population restoration and recovery of endangered mussels in the Clinch and Powell rivers, Tennessee and Virginia

Ph.D. student, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech

 

Joshua Hatch

2012

Ageing error of Atlantic weakfish and its influence in fisheries stock assessment through a simulation study

Research Biologist, Woods Hole, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA

 

Matt Vincent

2013

The estimability of natural mortality in the age-structured models: a simulation study

Ph.D. student, Michigan State University

 

Irene Ballesta

2013

Comparison of estimators for scalloped hammerhead shark stock assessment

Ph.D. student Researcher, ARAMACC, Royal Netherland Institute for Sea Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yafei Zhang

2016

Influence of nonstationary models on the management strategy evaluation — An example based on weakfish along western Atlantic Ocean

Ph.D. student, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech

 

Allison White

2017

Spatial and temporal heterogeneity in life history and productivity trends of Atlantic Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) and implications to fisheries management

Ph.D. student, Florida International University

PhD students

Robert Leaf

2010

The evolutionary effects of fishing and implications for stock management and rebuilding

first Postdoc, NOAA; now Assistant Professor, The University of South Mississippi

 

Hao Yu

2010

The spatial and temporal dynamics of Lake Erie yellow perch fisheries

first Postdoctoral scientist, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; now

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Tusculum College

 

Yan Li

2014

Spatial dynamics modeling for data-poor species using examples of longline seabird bycatch and endangered white abalone

first postdoc University of California, Davis;  University of Pennsylvania; now Stock Assessment Scientist, Division of Marine Fisheries, NC Department of Environmental Quality

 

Dan Hua,

2015

Assessment of the restoration of freshwater mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers in Virginia and Tennessee

Senior Scientist, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency; Adjunct Faculty, Middle Tennessee University

 

Fan Zhang

2015

Ecological modeling in a non-stationary world: factors affecting recruitment of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Lake Erie

first postdoc, University of Guelph; now

Assistant Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

Baochao Liao

2016

Bayesian aspect in fish population dynamics

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Shandong University, China

 

Qiuyun Ma

2018

Random Effects in Life History and Population Dynamics

Postdoc, Shanghai Ocean University, China

 

Min Li

2019

The role of space in the population ecology of migratory whitespotted conger (Conger myriaster)

Assistant Professor, School of Resources and Environment Engineering, LuDong University, China

  Corbin Hilling 2020 Population Dynamics Modeling and Management Strategy Evaluation for an Invasive Catfish Postdoc, the University of Toledo
  Rujia Bi 2020 Bayesian hierarchical approaches to analyze fish spatiotemporal dynamics Postdoc, University of Wisconsin – Madison
       

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