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Brandon Chasco is a National Marine Fisheries Service - SeaGrant Population Dynamics Fellow in Oregon State University’s Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
Brandon completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fisheries Science at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. He is currently working on his Ph.D. with Selina Heppell.
Brandon is focused on using quantitative techniques to improve fisheries management. The focus of his dissertation is to find ways to quantify the temporal and spatial biases in data which might affect the management decisions for protected species. Brandon’s background is in commercial fisheries stock assessment, and he has worked in New Zealand, Alaska, Galapagos, Bermuda, and the west coast of the United States on a range of marine and freshwater species. For his dissertation, he is researching Chinook salmon in the Pacific Northwest and loggerhead sea turtles in Southeast Atlantic. Each of the species is listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and both are considered to be ecologically and culturally important. Using his experience in statistical modeling, Brandon is examining new ways of combining several temporally and spatially explicit datasets for these species into integrated models that provide truer estimates of the population status.