LAFF-Sponsored Academic Programs

LAFF program Sponsors Colloquia and Short Courses at the Bren School

Thanks to generous financial assistance from the Walton Foundation, the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship program is able to supplement the interdisciplinary curriculum at the Bren School with a series of short courses and colloquium presentations covering a range of topics in the field of fisheries and marine conservation. These short courses are open to all Bren students, while the colloquium presentations are hosted by LAFF fellows and open to the community at large.


Guilherme Dutra, Marine Program Director, Conservation International Brazil -- "Challenges for Rebuilding Small-Scale Fisheries in The Abrolhos Seascape in Brazil," Spring 2013.
Learn more about Guilherme Dutra and this talk.

Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo, Science Director at Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. in Mexico —Basic Institutional Arrangements Required to Preserve Life in the Ocean,” Winter 2013.
Learn more about Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo and this talk.
View this talk on the Bren School YouTube channel.

Trond Bjorndal, Professor, University of Portsmouth, United Kindgom, and Director of its Center for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources — Aquaculture Development and Environmental Sustainability,” Winter 2013.
Learn more about Professor Bjorndal and this talk
View this talk on the Bren School YouTube channel.

Francisco Chavez, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute —Observing and Managing our Changing Ocean,” Spring 2012.
Learn more about Francisco Chavez and this talk

Salvador E. Lluch-Cota, Researcher, the Fisheries Ecology Program, Northwest Biological Research Center (CIBNOR), La Paz, Mexico — “Fisheries in a Changing Climate,” Winter 2012.
Learn more about Salvador E. Lluch-Cota and this talk
View this talk on the Bren School YouTube channel.

Hugo Salgado, Professor, Universidad de Concepción, Chile, — “Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQ) in Chilean Fisheries: A tale of economic success and social disconformity,” Fall 2011.
Learn more about Professor Salgado and this talk.
View this talk on the Bren School YouTube channel.


“GIS for Marine Ecology,” Fall 2013; taught by Lisa Wedding.

This course focuses on marine spatial data creation, management, analysis and interpretation. Advanced GIS skills are gained through a combination of lecture, labs exercises and a final project. The final project provides an opportunity for students to apply geospatial skills to their area of interest. Topics include: Introduction to coastal GIS data sources, marine data collection and management, geodesy and map projections, cartography and map production, spatial analysis and interpretation.
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“Principles and Practices of Ecological Aquaculture: Concepts and Tools for the Evolution of the Blue Revolution,” Spring 2013; taught by Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce.
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This intensive course introduced by lecture and in an interactive, group study fashion, the transdisciplinary study of the world’s aquaculture ecosystems. It examined the principles of ecology (natural and social ecology) as they relate to the ecological designs, structures, functions and social ecologies of integrated aquaculture farming ecosystems. The class studied examples from the world’s major aquaculture species and discuss their history (and “her-story”), natural and social ecologies, current status, and futures. This course also included hours of interactive classroom and evening work by students in group studies.

“Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Fisheries Catch-Share Management Systems,” Fall 2012;
taught by Dr. Hugo Salgado.
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This course reviewed theoretical and practical issues related to designing, implementing and evaluating fisheries catch-share systems. Some of the topics discussed include distributional and efficiency aspects of different catch-share allocation systems, the functioning of quota markets, the use of bioeconomic models, and the design of enforcement policies.

“An introduction to the study of management and conservation of coastal social-ecological systems,” Spring 2012; taught by Dr. Stefan Gelcich
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This course explored management and conservation of coastal resources through an integrated social-ecological system perspective. This perspective sees people as part of and not apart from ecosystems. In the current era of human-dominated ecosystems and a biosphere shaped by human actions from local to global scales, such a perspective is rapidly gaining ground worldwide in science, is given a strong priority among funding organizations, and is in demand in the science-policy-practice interface.

“Fisheries Stock Assessment," Winter 2012; taught by Brandon Chasco.
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This course provided a background in the evolution of fisheries models and how they are used to inform policies and management. The class covered fisheries models that describe the growth, reproduction, and harvest of fishes. It also covered the biological reference points derived from fisheries models, such as maximum sustainable yield and spawning potential ratio, and how these are used to inform policies and management. The course included lectures on the history and theory of these models, as well as computer labs to demonstrate their implementation.

“Systems Thinking and Leadership workshop,” Fall 2011; taught by Joe Hsueh.

This workshop explored the core concepts and tools of systems thinking and how they can be applied to our daily lives through simulation games, experiential learning and interactive discussions. Through a group simulation, students learned the Iceberg Model – going from event, pattern of behavior, structure, mental model to shared vision – to help us identify and enact high-leverage interventions in a social system. The class learned how a system’s structure determines its behavior by exploring the fundamental modes of dynamic behavior: exponential growth, goal seeking, oscillation, limits to growth, and overshoot and collapse. These are basic building blocks for understanding dynamic complex systems.


The Latin American Fisheries Fellowship program held its first international workshop, “New Fisheries Frontiers: A Course in Spatial Fisheries Management and Applications in Latin America,” in July 2012. Developed in partnership with the Estacion Costera de Investigaciones Marinas of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), the workshop featured professors from Latin America and the United States presenting on the latest research topics, including governance, spatial management tools for fisheries, and policy. The 25 participants represented managers, students, and scientists from more than a dozen Latin American and U.S. government agencies, non-profits, and universities. For more information, see the workshop syllabus in [ENGLISH] or [SPANISH].