About Me

kyle wilson vanier picI am a postdoctoral fellow working with Jonathan Moore in the Salmon Watersheds Lab and Earth2Ocean research group at Simon Fraser University. I did my PhD at the University of Calgary with my mentor John Post, my MSc at the University of Florida under the tutelage of Mike Allen and Mike Netherland, and my BSc at San Diego State University.


My research primarily focuses on understanding the social and ecological patterns and processes governing natural resource systems, like fisheries.

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I use a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to tackle a variety of challenges in applied ecology. In particular, I am interested in informing resource management with some of the underlying dynamics influencing the resilience and sustainability of complex systems.

My research tends to rest at the interface of several interdisciplinary topics like quantitative ecology, population dynamics, life-history theory, fishery stock assessment, natural resource management, spatial ecology, bioeconomics, and utility theory. Some of my current research areas include:

  • Population ecology and life-history variation of exploited fishes
  • Local and landscape patterns in complex adaptive social-ecological systems
  • Understanding the coupled feedbacks between people and nature
  • Navigating tradeoffs between competing management¬†objectives
  • Improving fishery assessment and monitoring designs
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Patchy landscape networks influence the interactions between people (squares) and resource populations (circles) leading to variable spatial patterns in overfishing

I also teach courses and workshops on (1) R programming for the biological sciences, (2) applied Bayesian modelling, and (3) population ecology.