Our Researchers

Dr. Fan Zhang
Research Scientist
(709) 778-0634
Research Areas:
Population Ecology, Fish Stock Assessment, Fisheries Management, Management Strategy Evaluation

Dr. Fan Zhang is a population ecologist specializing in quantitative methods for modelling population dynamics and simulating harvest strategies. He has extensive experience in fish stock assessment and fisheries management strategy evaluation, and is acting as a junior Ocean Choice International (OCI) Industrial Research Chair in Fish Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries at the Marine Institute.

Dr. Zhang received a Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Biology in 2015 at the University of Guelph, a Master of Fisheries Resources in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in 2009 from Ocean University of China. Dr. Zhang did a MITACS postdoctoral research with the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph between 2016 and 2017, and started his position at Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in 2018.

Dr. Zhang’s recent research focuses on modelling spatio-temporal dynamics of fish populations, which will contribute to develop spatial stock assessment models for important Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.‌ He is also interested in developing and evaluating reference points and management strategies for harvested fish populations by accounting for changing ecosystem conditions. He aims to study fish population dynamics in the context of complex adaptive social-ecological system, and most of his research involves developing and/or improving statistical and mathematical models as well as computer simulations.

Dr. Zhang is currently seeking students in the MSc and PhD program of fisheries science. To inquire on future opportunities, you may contact Dr. Zhang directly.

  • FISH 6005: Advanced Statistical Stock Assessment
Significant Publications:

Zhang, F., Gíslason, D., Reid, K.B., Debertin, A.J., Turgeon, K., and Nudds, T.D. 2018. Failure to detect ecological and evolutionary effects of harvest on exploited fish populations in a managed fisheries ecosystem. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 75(10): 1764–1771. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2017-0217.

Zhang, F., Reid, K.B., and Nudds, T.D. 2018. Ecosystem change and decadal variation in stock-recruitment relationships of Lake Erie yellow perch (Perca flavescens). ICES J. Mar. Sci. 75(2): 531–540. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhw393.

Zhang, F., Reid, K.B., and Nudds, T.D. 2018. Effects of walleye predation on variation in the stock-recruitment relationship of Lake Erie yellow perch. J. Great Lakes Res. 44(4): 805–812. International Association for Great Lakes Research. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2018.05.007.

Turgeon, K., Hawkshaw, S.C.F., Dinning, K.M., Quinn, B.K., Edwards, D.N., Wor, C., Parlee, C.E., Debertin, A., Hawkshaw, M., Nelson, B.W., Zhang, F., Benestan, L., Angel, E., Morse, B.L., and Mombourquette, D. 2018. Enhancing fisheries education and research through the Canadian Fisheries Research Network: a student perspective on interdisciplinarity, collaboration and inclusivity. FACETS 3: 963–980. doi:10.1139/facets-2017-0038.

Zhang, F., Reid, K.B., and Nudds, T.D. 2017. Relative effects of biotic and abiotic factors during early life history on recruitment dynamics: a case study. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 74(7): 1125–1134. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2016-0155.

Zhang, F., Reid, K.B., and Nudds, T.D. 2015. Counterintuitive patterns of spawning stock age structure and recruitment in Lake Erie yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Can. J. Fish Aquat. Sci. 72: 1494–1502. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0489.