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EDUCATION
2015    PhD, Natural Resources, Cornell University
Committee: Lars Rudstam (major professor), Patrick Sullivan, Norman Uphoff, Clifford Kraft

2009    M.S. Natural Resources: Aquatic ecology and watershed science, The University of Vermont: Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources                      Committee: Donna Parrish (major professor), Nicholas Gotelli, Ellen Marsden

2009    Certificate in Ecological Economics, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, The University of Vermont: Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

2007    B.S.  Valedictorian,  Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015-present  Postdoctoral research associate, University of Notre Dame, Environmental Change Initiative; Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2015     Research scientist, Cornell University Biological Field Station

2013-present    Visiting scientist, A Rocha Kenya

2011-present    Senior fisheries scientist, Operation Wallacea Indonesia

2009-2013    Research advisor: Cornell Biological Field Station summer internship program

2006    Intern (Paid): NOAA – Lake Champlain Sea Grant

2004-2007    SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, research assistant

2004-2005    Fish and Wildlife Technician: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

1997-present   Volunteer: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Bureau of Habitat – Aquatic Toxicant Research Unit

TEACHING

2014    Investigative Biology: Lab Instructor
Field Biology: Teaching Assistant
Current Perspectives on Marine Conservation: Guest lecturer
2013    Investigative Biology: Lab Instructor
Introductory Statistics and R, at A Rocha Kenya
2012    Wetlands ecology: Teaching Assistant
Biological statistics: Guest lecturer
Environmental Conservation: Guest lecturer
2011    Quantitative ecology and management of fisheries: Guest lecturer
Environmental Conservation: Guest lecturer
2008    Rural Sustainable Development: The Adirondack Case Study. Univ. of VT

SERVICE:

Affiliations

American Fisheries Society                                                                                                         Ecological Society of America
Society for Conservation Biology                                                                                            Adirondack Research Consortium
International Association for Great Lakes Research

Committees, leadership

2015-2016 World Fisheries Congress (2016, Busan, Korea), Program committee co-chair       2015-2016 World Fisheries Congress (2016, Busan, Korea), Session organizer & reviewer   2015    Lake Champlain Sea Grant, program review meetings participant
2012-present Working group board member, Society for Conservation Biology
2011 President, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science and Sustainability program, Cornell University
2011 Coordinator/founder, Cornell University Au Sable chapter
2010 Faculty search committee, Cornell University
President, Department of Natural Resources Graduate Student Association
2008 Faculty search committee, University of Vermont
2006 Treasurer, American Fisheries Society Student Subunit, SUNY – ESF

Reviewer: Journals (in order of frequency)

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

Journal of Great Lakes Research

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Northeastern Naturalist

Estuaries and Coasts

Aquatic conservation

 Other:

-Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch: Indonesian octopus guidelines

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2016

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Interactions between hatch dates, growth rates, and mortality of age-0 native Rainbow Smelt and nonnative Alewife in Lake Champlain. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Lodge, D.M., P.W. Simonin,  S.W. Burgiel, R.P. Keller, J.M. Bossenbroek, C.L. Jerde, A.M. Kramer, E.S. Rutherford, M.A. Barnes, M.E. Wittmann, W.L. Chadderton, J.L. Apriesnig, D. Beletsky, R.M. Cooke, J.M. Drake, S.P. Egan, D.C. Finnoff, C.A. Gantz, E.K. Grey, M.H. Hoff, J.G. Howeth, R.A. Jensen, E.R. Larson, N.E. Mandrak, D.M. Mason, F.A. Martinez, T.J. Newcomb, J.D. Rothlisberger, A.J. Tucker, T.W. Warziniack, and H. Zhang. Risk Analysis and Bioeconomics of Invasive Species to Inform Policy and Management. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 41.

2015          

Armsworth, P.R., E.R. Larson, S.T. Jackson, D.F. Sax, P.W. Simonin, B. Blossey, N. Green, M.L. Klein, L. Lester, T.H. Ricketts, M.C. Runge, M.R. Shaw. Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, available online: 12 February. doi:10.1890/130352.

Simonin, P.W. From Sea to Spirit: Resilience Conceptions in Coastal Communities of Kaledupa, Indonesia. Resilience: International Policies Practices and Discourses.

Hrycik, A.R., P.W. Simonin, L.G. Rudstam, D.L. Parrish, B. Pientka, and T.B. Mihuc. Importance of Mysis zooplanktivory in Lake Champlain: a bioenergetics analysis. Journal of Great Lakes Research, available online: 3 April. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.03.011

2014

Exton, D, P.W. Simonin, and D. Smith. 2014. Fisheries management: Artisanal subsistence and community – based management of coral reefs. In: The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia, ed. Harris, P.G., and G. Lang.

Sluka, B., and P.W. Simonin. 2014. Marine capture fisheries- A call to action in response to limits, unintended consequences, and ethics. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

2012

Mendoza-González, G.M., M.L. Martínez, D. Lithgow, O. Pérez-Maqueo, and P. Simonin. 2012. Land use change and its effects on the value of ecosystem services along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Ecological Economics 82: 23-32.

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Native rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife distribution related to temperature and light gradients in Lake Champlain. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38, Supplement 1:115-122

2010

Simonin, P. Distribution and abundance of native rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife in Lake Champlain. University of Vermont Masters Thesis.

2007

Simonin, P. W., K. E. Limburg, and L. S. Machut. 2007. Bridging the energy gap: anadromous blueback herring feeding in the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, New York. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:1614-1621.

Manuscripts in preparation/review:

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Forage fish trophic changes after alewife establishment in Lake Champlain. PLOS ONE.

Lodge, D.M., P.W. Simonin, J.D. Rothlisberger, J.M. Drake, E.S. Rutherford, H. Zhang, Y.C. Kao, Adlerstein-Gonzalez, B.C. Weidel. The Laurentian Great Lakes as a global case study of regional invasive species research and management. Quarterly Review of Biology.

Simonin, P.W., F.A. Matinez, T.J. Newcomb, and D.M. Lodge. Great Lakes science-management institutions: a community of productive engagement. L & O Letters.

 

Simonin, P. W., L. G. Rudstam, P. J. Sullivan, D. L. Parrish, and B. P. Pientka. Spatial community ecology of rainbow smelt and alewife in Lake Champlain. Target journal: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Kocovsky, P. P.W. Simonin, J. Deller, L.G. Rudstam. In prep. Vessel avoidance in lake hydroacoustic surveys: lessons from Lake Erie

Simonin, P. W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. In prep. The importance of diverse governance mechanisms in facilitating sustainable subsistence fisheries in the Indo – Pacific. Target journal: Conservation Biology.

Exton, D., P.W. Simonin, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. In prep. Fish fence fishing techniques in Southeast Asia.

Simonin, P. W., L. G. Rudstam, P. J. Sullivan, D. L. Parrish, and B. P. Pientka. In prep. Trawl efficiency and trawl-base sources of uncertainty in large lake fish assessments. Target journal: Fisheries Research.

Simonin, P. W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. In prep. The importance of diverse governance mechanisms in facilitating sustainable subsistence fisheries in the Indo – Pacific. Target journal: Conservation Biology.

GRANTS

2014    Simonin, P.W. Artisanal coral reef fisheries conservation in Kenya. Hudson H. Lyon Endowment, $6,100

2013    Simonin, P.W. Sustainable subsistence coral reef fisheries of the Kenya coast. $7,000

2012    Simonin, P.W. Governance in small – scale fisheries of the Indo-Pacific. Hudson H. Lyon Endowment, $5,000

2010   Simonin, P.W. Nonnative forrage fish ecology in Adirondack Lakes. Cornell Kieckheffer Fellowship. $5,000

2009   Rudstam, L. G., P. J. Sullivan, D. L. Parrish, and B. P. Pientka. Non-native alewife and native rainbow smelt in Lake Champlain: a modeling approach to describe interactions and system-wide consequences. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Lake Champlain Sea Grant. $100,000

AWARDS

2013-14 Oxfam rural resilience fellow                                                                                              2012    National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Graduate Scholar
2012    Best student paper finalist, World Fisheries Congress                                                    2012    Ecological Society of America, Emerging Issues Conference participant
2011    National Geographic Young Explorer
2008    New England Outdoor Writers Association Award
2007    SUNY – ESF Alumni Association Memorial Award
2005    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Fellow
2004    Central New York Air & Waste Management Association Scholarship Award
2004    New York Water Environment Association – Central Chapter Memorial Award
2002    Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

PRESENTATIONS

2016

Simonin, P.W. Spatial small-scale fisheries management and the ethnoecology of fishing in Wakatobi, Indonesia. World Fisheries Congress, Busan, Korea. May 2016.

Kocovsky, P. P.W. Simonin, J. Deller, L.G. Rudstam. Vessel size and fish avoidance in lake hydroacoustic surveys: lessons from Lake Erie. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, August, 2016.

2015

Simonin, P.W. Spatial community ecology, cannibalism, and the resilience of Lake Champlain forage fish. Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources, Department Seminar. Ithaca, NY. 17 February 2015

Simonin, P.W. Science, Spirit, and the Sea. Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies conference. Mancelona, MI. 16-18 January 2015

2014

Simonin, P.W., L. G. Rudstam, D. L. Parrish, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Forecasting native rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife distribution patterns, cannibalism, and long-term community dynamics. Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting. Portland, OR. May 2014.

Parrish, D.L., P.W. Simonin, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Native
rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife in Lake Champlain. Korean Fisheries Society
meeting. Seoul, South Korea, June 2014.

Simonin, P.W., L. G. Rudstam, D. L. Parrish, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Spatial community ecology of rainbow smelt and alewife in Lake Champlain. Ecology of Fish in Lakes and Reservoirs conference, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, September 8-11, 2014.

Simonin, P.W. Spiritual beliefs, spatial ecology, and artisanal fisheries resilience in Wakatobi, Indonesia. Cornell-Oxfam rural resilience workshop. Ithaca, NY. October 2014.

2013 

Simonin, P.W. Combining community ecology and indigenous cosmography to breed more
effective marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle. Atkinson Center presentation, Cornell University. November 2013.

Simonin, P.W. Rural resilience assessment of the Wakatobi region, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia. Oxfam – Cornell community resilience workshop. September 2013.

Simonin, P.W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. Governance, ecological knowledge, and
small-scale marine fisheries sustainability in the Indo – Pacific. Invited symposium talk, Ecological Society of America National Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. August 2013.

Simonin, P.W. Wakatobi fisheries management and conservation. Presentation at Hoga Island
Biological Station, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2013.

Simonin, P.W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Community ecology of rainbow smelt and alewife in Lake Champlain. NOAA Lake Champlain Sea Grant workshop. January 2013.

2012

Simonin, P.W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. The importance of diverse governance  mechanisms in facilitating sustainable subsistence fisheries in the Indo-Pacific. World Fisheries Congress. Oral presentation. May, 2012. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hrycik, A., P.W. Simonin, L.G. Rudstam, B. Pientka, D. Parrish. Ecology of the opossum shrimp, Mysis diluviana, in Lake Champlain. International Association of Great Lakes Research annual meeting. May 2012. Ontario, Canada.

Simonin, P.W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. Diversity of fishing methods and
governance as key to sustainable subsistence fisheries in the Coral Triangle. Cornell University Department of Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium, January 2012.

Simonin, P.W., D. Exton, J. Rice, T. Coles, D. Smith. Multifaceted governance and conservation targets as key to subsistence fisheries management. Ecological Society of America Emerging Issues conference, February 2012.

2011

Simonin, P.W., Ecology of native rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife in Lake Champlain.
Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife research meeting. 1 December, 2011.

Simonin, P.W., Biological sustainability of Wallacean coral reef fisheries. Biogeochemistry,
Environmental Science, and Sustainability Program symposium, Fall 2011.

Simonin, P.W., S. Tideman, B. Pientka, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, and D.L. Parrish.
Uncertainty in hydroacoustic-derived fisheries data:  an analysis of simulation hydroacoustic-trawl surveys. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.  4-8 September, 2011.

Simonin, P.W., S. Tideman, B. Pientka, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, and D.L. Parrish.
Uncertainty in hydroacoustic-derived fisheries data:  an analysis of simulation hydroacoustic-trawl surveys.  A Joint Special Workshop of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Fisheries Society.   Acoustic Challenges in Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment.  25-27 May 2011.

Hrycik, A., P.W. Simonin, L.G. Rudstam, C. Kraft, and D. Josephson.  The effects of introduced rainbow smelt on zooplankton communities in the Adirondacks. New York Chapter meeting of the American Fisheries Society, 10-12 February 2010.

Simonin, P.W., S. Tideman, and L.G. Rudstam. Uncertainty in hydroacoustic- and trawl – derived fisheries data. Cornell University Department of Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium, January 2011.

2010

Simonin, P.W. Survival of early- versus late-hatched rainbow smelt and alewife in Lake Champlain. New York Chapter meeting of the American Fisheries Society, 10-12 February 2010.

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Differential survival of early and late hatching rainbow smelt in Lake Champlain. Cornell Department of Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium, January 2010.

Simonin, P.W., D.L. Parrish, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, B. Pientka. Native rainbow smelt and nonnative alewife distribution and abundance in Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain Research Consortium Conference, Burligton, VT, June 7-8, 2010.

Simonin, P.W., D.L. Parrish, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, B. Pientka. A comparison of native rainbow smelt with nonnative in Lake Champlain. Adirondack Research Consortium Annual Meeting, Lake Placid, NY, May 19-20, 2010.

Simonin, P.W., D.L. Parrish, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, B. Pientka. Physical gradients to population dynamics: distribution, cannibalism, and mortality of rainbow smelt in Lake Champlain. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, August 1-6, 2010.

Simonin, P.W., S.A. Tideman, L.G. Rudstam, P.J. Sullivan, B. Pientka, D.L. Parrish. Uncertainty in pelagic forage fish assessments using down-looking hydroacoustics and trawls. Conference on Fisheries Sampling with Active Methods, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, September 8-11, 2010.

2009

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Young fish abundance and seasonal dynamics in a changing ecosystem: rainbow smelt and alewife in Lake Champlain. American Fisheries Society Parent Chapter annual meeting. Nashville, TN, USA.

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Rainbow smelt and alewife distribution dynamics related to temperature and light in Lake Champlain. International Association of Great Lakes Research annual meeting. Toledo, OH, USA.

2008

Simonin, P. W., D. L. Parrish, L. G. Rudstam, B. P. Pientka, and P. J. Sullivan. Young of year planktivore dynamics: native rainbow smelt and non-native alewife in Lake Champlain. American Fisheries Society Parent Chapter annual meeting. Ottawa, ON, Canada.

2006

Simonin, P. W., L. S. Machut, and K. E. Limburg. Bridging the energy gap: anadromous blueback herring feeding in the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, New York. American Fisheries Society Parent Chapter annual meeting. Lake Placid, NY.
Simonin, P. W. Native aquatic nuisance species in Lake Champlain: pheromones and trapping efficiency of sea lamprey. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association headquarters, Silver Spring, MD.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

-Software proficiency: R; Echoview; Bugs/Jags; QGIS/GRASS; Ecopath/Ecosim; Matlab/Octave; Microsoft Office; Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe products; Linux/Unix systems

-Language proficiency: English (native), Bahasa Indonesia (working), Spanish (elementary), Swahili (elementary)

-Outdoor skills: SCUBA certified; U.S. Geological Survey and other boat handling certifications; wilderness survival training; varied equipment repair experience; Red Cross, NY State and US federal first aid certified; winter survival and backcountry ski training; canoe/kayak/backpack guide experience; wooden boat building; nature photography training; animal tracking and identification; field biology and natural history instructor

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