Yong Chen, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: 207.581.4303

CV: Link to Chen CV

Email: ychen@maine.edu

Lab website: Link to Chen Lab Website

218 Libby Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5741


Ph.D. Zoology and Statistics, University of Toronto,1995
M.S. Fish Ecology, University of Toronto, Canada, 1991
B. Agric. Fisheries Science, Qingdao Ocean University, China, 1983


I am a fisheries scientist who is interested in fisheries ecology and assessment and management of fisheries resources of commercial and recreational importance.


School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono

Professor (9/1/2007 – present)
Associate Professor (9/1/2003 –8/31/2007)
Assistant Professor (7/1/2000 – 8/31/2003)

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Adjunct Professor of Biology Department (May 2001 – 2004)
Assistant Professor (July 1997 – August 2000)
NSERC Associate Chair in Fisheries Conservation (July 1997 – August 2000)

New South Wales (NSW) Fisheries Department, Cronulla, NSW, Australia

Fisheries Population Dynamicist (January 1995 – July 1997)

Research Interests

My study is focused on quantitative fisheries ecology, stock assessment and management. I study how fishing and environmental factors may affect the dynamics of fish populations and fish communities and develop new approaches to modeling the dynamics of fish populations and conducting stock assessment. My current research interests include: evaluating fish life history and environmental impcats;  developing stock assessment framework for invertebrate (e.g., American lobster, sea urhcin, sea cucumber, crabs, etc.) and finfish (groundfish and pelagic fish) species of commercial importance in Maine and otehr parts of the world; fisheries ecosystem modeling;  designing fisheries-dependent and fisheries-independent survey programs; conducting risk analysis of alternative management strategies; studying quality and quantity of fisheries data and their impacts on stock assessment; developing Bayesian stock assessment approach robust to outliers and erroneous priors; and assimilating fisheries data of different sources in stock assessment. Much of my work has been interdisciplinary, involving fisheries biology, ecology, mathematical and statistical modeling, management policy and computer simulations.


Publications can be downloaded from my lab webpage: Link to Chen Lab Website.