Seaforth Coast Mackay Queensland, Australia. Photo credit: Dr Peter Baxter.
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Welcome to CARM

CARM's aims are to develop and apply mathematical and statistical theory to produce tools that will have a direct impact in the management of fisheries, forestry, water security, conservation, pest and disease management, and adaptation to global changes.

Initiated by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to support research in the quantitative fisheries science, the Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics (CARM) in the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland was established in April 2010 to promote applications of mathematics and statistics in the important area of natural resource modelling. Indeed, the vision for CARM was conceived by the department and Professors Hugh Possingham and Anthony Richardson some two years before Professor You-Gan Wang became the Foundation Director in 2010. From December 1, 2016 Jerzy Filar was appointed Director.

We are actively developing links with government and industry, particularly with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and CSIRO. We share many post‐graduate students with researchers from these institutions and these students are solving applied resource management problems. We are training the next generation of applied mathematicians and statisticians to solve Australia’s pressing natural resource and environmental problems.

In an important recent development, Dr Wen-Hsi Yang and Professor Kaye Basford worked closely with the fisheries stock assessment team from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to identify the current status of saucer scallop to respond to concerns about declining catches of legal-sized saucer scallop.  Indeed, Wen-Hsi was a co-author of an authoritative quantitative assessment report which alerted decision makers to the urgency of the inferred decline in the saucer scallop stock.  This was reflected in a press release, on November 18, 2016, by the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development, The Honourable Bill Byrne. The latter called for Fisheries Queensland officers to hold urgent meetings with commercial operators to discuss strategies to protect the sustainability of the scallop fishery.

 CARM houses the editorial office of Environmental Modeling & Assessment, an      international, interdisciplinary, journal published by Springer.  This journal builds  bridges between the scientific community's understanding of key environmental  issues and the decision makers' need to influence relevant policies and regulations on  the basis of the best available information. The journal offers high quality, peer-  reviewed papers that may be regarded as either instances of best practice, or as  studies that advance the evolution and applicability of the theories and techniques of  modeling and assessment. The journal also provides a forum where researchers can  publish a complete mathematical description of important environmental models       together with the accompanying analysis and underlying assumptions.





3 Oct 2017

Global Change Institute, Building 20, Level 2 Rooms 273 and 275, The University of Queensland

5 Feb 2018

St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland

5 Jul 2019

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


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