Brett van Poorten

Assistant Professor


  • BSc, Biology, University of Guelph
  • MSc, Fish Ecology, University of Calgary
  • PhD, Fisheries, University of British Columbia


Brett is a fisheries scientist who studies recreational fisheries by merging concepts from commercial fisheries with human dimensions and management science. Prior to joining the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, he worked for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment as a Senior Aquatic Scientist, where he worked with fisheries managers to approach an array of issues affecting fisheries and aquatic systems. These included how to manage fisheries as social-ecological systems, how to address invasive species, deciding between setting regulations and improving habitat to prevent overfishing and addressing impacts to proposed and existing hydroelectric dams.

Brett’s research includes decision analysis and structured decision making to address management issues, development of novel techniques for monitoring fishing effort, and developing and applying social-ecological systems models to better understand interrelationships between management, fish and fishers.

Select Publications

  • Dassow, C.J., S.E. Jones, C.T. Solomon, A.J. Ross, O.P. Jensen, G.G. Sass, B.T. van Poorten. In press. Experimental demonstration of catch hyperstability from habitat aggregation, not effort sorting, in a recreational fishery. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
  • van Poorten, B.T., C.J.A. MacKenzie. 2019. Balancing angler utility and conservation in a recreational fishery using decision analysis. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 40(1):29-47.
  • van Poorten, B.T., E.V. Camp. 2019. Addressing challenges common to modern recreational fisheries with a buffet-style landscape management approach. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture 27(4):393-416. DOI: 10.1080/23308249.2019.1619071.
  • van Poorten, B.T., M. Beck, L.-M. Herborg 2019. Turning population viability analysis on its head: using stochastic models to evaluate invasive species control strategies. Biological Invasions 21(4):1197-1213.
  • Hunt, L., E. Camp, B. van Poorten, R. Arlinghaus. 2019. Catch and non-catch-related determinants of where anglers fish: a review of three decades of site choice research in recreational fisheries. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture 27(3):261-268.
  • Chudnow*, R., B. van Poorten, M. McAllister. 2019. Estimating cross-population variation in juvenile survival compensation for bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus): A Bayesian hierarchical approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76(9):1571-1580.
  • Carruthers, T.R., K. Dabrowska*, W. Haider, E. Parkinson, D. Varkey*, H. Ward, M.K. McAllister, T. Godin, B. van Poorten, P. Askey, K.L. Wilson*, L. Hunt, A. Clarke, E. Newton, C. Walters, J.R. Post 2019. Landscape-scale social and ecological outcomes of dynamic angler and fish behaviours: processes, data, and patterns. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76(6):970-988.
  • van Poorten, B.T., S. Harris, A. Hebert*. 2018. Sockeye recovery projections for a highly managed mixed kokanee-sockeye system. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75(12): 2280-2290.
  • van Poorten, B.T., J. Korman, C.J. Walters. 2018. Revisiting Beverton-Holt recruitment in the presence of variation in food availability. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 28(3): 607-624.
  • van Poorten, B.T., S.H., Brydle*. 2018. Evaluating fishing effort from traffic counters: opportunities and challenges. Fisheries Research 204: 231-238.
  • van Poorten, B.T., B. Barrett, C.J. Walters, R.N.M Ahrens. 2017. Are removal-based abundance models robust to fish behavior? Fisheries Research 196:160-169.
  • Barrett*, B, B.T. van Poorten, A.B. Cooper. 2017. Concurrently assessing survey mode and sample size in off-site angler surveys. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34(4):756-767.
  • van Poorten, B.T. , C.J. Walters, H.G.M. Ward. 2016. Prediction of changes in the catchability coefficient as less skilled fishermen drop out during stock declines. Fisheries Research. 183:279-384.
  • Camp*, E.V., B.T. van Poorten, C.J. Walters. 2015. Evaluating short openings as a management tool to maximize value in catch and release fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 35:1106-1120.
  • van Poorten, B.T., T.R. Carruthers, H.G.M. Ward, D.A. Varkey*. 2015. Imputing recreational fishing effort from time-lapse cameras using an hierarchical Bayesian model. Fisheries Research. 172:265-273.
  • van Poorten, B.T., S.P. Cox, A.B. Cooper. 2013. Efficacy of harvest and minimum size limit regulations for controlling short-term harvest in recreational fisheries. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 20:258-267.
  • van Poorten, B.T., R. Arlinghaus, K. Daedlow*, S.S. Haertel-Borer. 2011. Social-ecological interactions, management panaceas, and the future of wild fish populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:12554-12559.


Future courses may be subject to change.