Molly S. Adams is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Her research currently encompasses statistical processing of large datasets, population dynamics modeling, and risk assessment of managerial decisions with focus on south Florida reef fisheries (iREEF).
Molly has participated in field work within every ecosystem she has studied. During her time in Gainesville, she volunteered for the Florida Program for Shark Research: tagging and measuring sharks, preparing shark jaw and skin samples, and conducting an independent study on tiger shark placoid scale growth. When Molly studied abroad at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, she assisted in both lab and field work on shark research as well. She has also worked on charter fishing vessels in both Queensland and Florida, allowing her to better interpret fisheries datasets. Towards the end of her studies in Australia, Molly’s focus shifted more towards fisheries sciences.
Since her arrival at RSMAS, Molly has participated in the Reef Visual Census (RVC) surveys and has taken mathematics, statistics, simulation, and economics courses in order to prepare her for her dissertation work. Throughout Molly’s educational career, she has gathered the relevant tools to be competent in the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems and the stock status of living marine resources. Her background of biology coupled with her strong analytical training gives her a unique perspective to transform modern stock assessment towards ecosystem-based approaches. Molly’s dissertation will include an assessment of the biological and economic productivity of the south Florida reef ecosystem under actual and varying simulated management strategies.
Molly’s work focuses on fisheries research with practical application in proper management strategies that satisfy multiple user groups. She is a current member of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (AIFRB) and American Fisheries Society (AFS). Fishing and scuba diving has encompassed a major part of her life and has steered her to pursue a career in fisheries science. Molly strives to incorporate the interests of fishermen and conservationists to find a common ground that is socially, economically, and biologically viable for managers to implement. A major goal of her professional career is to integrate population dynamics and economics into ecosystem-based management.
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Contact: Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, Florida 33149, Office Phone: (305)-421-4029 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.