Randall Peterman

Professor Emeritus

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  • BSc, Biological Sciences, University of California at Davis
  • PhD, Zoology, University of British Columbia


Dr. Randall M. Peterman held a Canada Research Chair in “Fisheries Risk Assessment and Management” from 2001 through 2012 and specialized in quantitative methods to improve fisheries management. His research focused on: (1) fish population dynamics, (2) uncertainties affecting conservation risks and management decisions, and (3) reducing uncertainties. He used large data sets, simulations models, Bayesian statistics, and formal decision analysis.

Peer recognition for his research includes the 1990 J.C. Stevenson Award for “…creative research on the cutting edge of an aquatic discipline.” Awards include the 2012 award for the “Second-best paper” in Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of the 2012 Eurographics Conference on Visualization, Vienna, Austria), 2006 Robert L. Kendall “Best Paper Award” for the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (134:86), “The Most Significant Paper in the North American J. of Fisheries Management” (1992, 12:1), and the 1994 W.F. Thompson Award (American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists) for “The Best Student Paper” (Canadian J. of Fish. & Aquatic Sci. 49:1294).

In 1990, Randall won Simon Fraser University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has co-chaired a panel for the Canadian Global Change Program of the Royal Society of Canada.

Example publications include: (Click here to see full publication listing)

  • Dorner, B., M. Catalano, and R.M. Peterman. 2018. Spatial and temporal patterns of covariation in productivity of Chinook salmon populations of the Northeastern PacificCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75:1082-1095; published online on 8 Sept. 2017, doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0197.
  • Malick, M.J., S.P. Cox, F.J. Mueter, B. Dorner, and R.M. Peterman. 2017. Effects of the North Pacific Current on productivity of 163 Pacific salmon stocksFisheries Oceanography 26(3):268-281. doi:10.1111/fog.12190.
  • Malick, M.J., S.P. Cox, R.M. Peterman, T.C. Wainwright, and W.T. Peterson. 2015. Accounting for multiple pathways in the connections among climate variability, ocean processes, and coho salmon recruitment in the Northern California Current. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72(10):1552-1564. DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0509
  • Turner, D., M.J. Bradford, J.G. Venditti, and R.M. Peterman. 2015. Evaluating uncertainty in physical habitat modelling in a high-gradient mountain stream. River Research and Applications, publ. on line 29 May 2015, DOI: 10.1002/rra.2915.
  • Malick, M.J., S.P. Cox, F.J. Mueter, and R.M. Peterman. 2015. Linking phytoplankton phenology to salmon productivity along a north/south gradient in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72(5): 697-708. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2014-0298.
  • d'Eon-Eggertson, F., N.K. Dulvy, and R.M. Peterman. 2015. Reliable identification of declining populations in an uncertain world. Conservation Letters 8(2):86-96 (published on line 18 August 2014, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12123).
  • Connors, B.M., A.B. Cooper, R.M. Peterman, and N.K. Dulvy. 2014. The false classification of extinction rish in noisy environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 281(1787), 20132935. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2013.2935 ; published online on 4 June 2014; appeared in 22 July 2014 issue.
  • Dorner, B., K.R. Holt, R.M. Peterman, C. Jordan, D.P. Larsen, A.R. Olsen, and O.I. Abdul-Aziz. 2013. Evaluating alternative methods for monitoring and estimating responses of salmon productivity in the North Pacific to future climatic change and other processes: a simulation study. Fisheries Research 147:10-23.
  • Peterman, R.M., B. Dorner. 2012. A widespread decrease in productivity of sockeye salmon populations in western North America. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69:1255-1260.
  • Porszt, E.J., R.M. Peterman, N.K. Dulvy, A.B. Cooper, and J.R. Irvine. 2012. Reliability of indicators of declines in abundance. Conservation Biology26(5):894-90.
  • Connors, B.M., D.C. Braun, R.M. Peterman, A.B. Cooper, J.D. Reynolds, L.M. Dill, G.T. Ruggerone, and M. Krkošek. 2012. Migration links ocean-scale competition and local ocean conditions with exposure to farmed salmon to shape wild salmon dynamics. In press in: Conservation Letters (Published on-line 17 May 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00244.x).
  • Booshehrian, M., T. Möller, R. M. Peterman, T. Munzner. 2012. Vismon: facilitating analysis of trade-offs, uncertainty, and sensitivity in fisheries management decision making. Computer Graphics Forum 31(3):1235-1244 (Proceedings of the 2012 Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 2012) Vienna, Austria, June 2012).
  • Peterman, R.M., C.A. Holt, and M.R. Rutherford. 2012. The need for international cooperation to reduce competition among salmon for a common pool of prey resources in the North Pacific Ocean. North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Technical Report No. 8: 99-101
  • Collie, J.S., R.M. Peterman, and B.M. Zuehlke. 2012. A fisheries risk-assessment framework to evaluate trade-offs among management options in the presence of time-varying productivity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69(2):209-223 with supplement.
  • Su, Z. and R.M. Peterman. 2012. Performance of a Bayesian state-space model for semelparous species for stock-recruitment data subject to measurement error. Ecological Modelling 224:76-89.
  • Holt, K.R., R.M. Peterman, and S.P. Cox. 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.
  • Cummings, J.W., M.J. Hague, D.A. Patterson, and R.M. Peterman. 2011. The impact of management objectives and performance measures on model selection for Fraser River sockeye salmon. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:323-334.
  • Ruggerone, G.T., R.M. Peterman, B. Dorner, K.W. Myers. 2010. Magnitude and trends in abundance of hatchery and wild pink salmon, chum salmon, and sockeye salmon in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 2:306-328.
  • Dorner, B., R.M. Peterman, and Z. Su. 2009. Evaluation of performance of alternative models of Pacific salmon in the presence of climatic change and outcome uncertainty using Monte Carlo simulations. Can. J. Fish. & Aquat. Sci. 66(12):2199-2221.
  • Pestes, L. and others. 2008. Bayesian decision analysis for evaluating management options to promote recovery of a depleted salmon population. Conservation Biology 22:351-361.
  • Nelitz, M.A. and others. 2007. A science-based approach for identifying temperature-sensitive streams for rainbow trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management (NAJFM) 27:405-424.
  • Holt, C.A. and R.M. Peterman. 2006. Missing the target: uncertainties in achieving management goals in fisheries on Fraser River, British Columbia sockeye salmon. Can. J. Fish. & Aquat. Sci. (CJFAS) 63:2722-2733.
  • Peterman, R. M. 2004. Possible solutions to some challenges facing fisheries scientists and managers. ICES Journal of Marine Science 61:1331-1343.
  • Su, Z., R. M. Peterman, S. L. Haeseker. 2004. Spatial hierarchical Bayesian models for stock-recruitment analysis of pink salmon. Canadian J. of Fisheries & Aquatic Sci. 61(2):2471-2486.
  • MacGregor, B.W., R.M. Peterman, B.J. Pyper and M.J. Bradford. 2002. A decision analysis framework for comparing experimental designs of projects to enhance Pacific salmon. North Amer. J. Fish. Mgmt. 22(2):509-527.
  • Mueter, F.J., R.M. Peterman, B.J. Pyper. 2002. Opposite effects of ocean temperature on survival rates of 120 stocks of Pacific salmon in northern and southern areas. Canadian J. of Fisheries & Aquatic Sci. 59(3):456-463 
  • Peterman, R.M., B.J. Pyper, J.A. Grout 2000. Comparison of parameter estimation methods for detecting climate-induced changes in productivity of Pacific salmon. Canadian J. of Fisheries & Aquatic Sci. 57:181-191.
  • Peterman, R.M. and J.L. Anderson. 1999. Decision analysis: a method for taking uncertainties into account in risk-based decision making. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 5:231-244.
  • Peterman, R.M. 1990. Statistical power analysis can improve fisheries research and management. Canadian J. of Fisheries & Aquatic Sci. 47:2-15.

Randall chaired a 2010 Expert Panel for the Pacific Salmon Commission on causes of the decline of Fraser River sockeye. He also co-authored the “Precautionary Approach to Fisheries, Part 1: Guidelines on the precautionary approach to capture fisheries and species introductions,” 1995, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Fisheries Technical Paper No. 350/1.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.