Mark Scheuerell

  • Associate Professor

Research areas

I am an applied ecologist who integrates different data sources and analytical methods to study a variety of problems related to the conservation and management of aquatic resources, particularly along the west coast of North America. I collaborate closely with partners from tribal, government, and academic institutions in identifying and conducting research projects. I am also dedicated to conducting open, reproducible science

Much of my research is focused on the development and application of statistical methods for analyzing temporal and spatial data. Examples of recent projects include integrated population models for Pacific salmon, evaluation of the risks and rewards of ecological portfolios, and assessing the effects of large-scale disturbances from natural and anthropogenic causes.

Prospective graduate students: I am looking for graduate students who are not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. If you are interested in joining my lab, please send me an email describing your research interests along with a copy of your CV.

Other appointments

Assistant Unit Leader, Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit



  • Applied Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Food Webs
  • Ecological modeling and statistics

Selected publications

  • Hampton SE, Scheuerell MD, Church MJ, Melack JM. 2019. Long-term perspectives in aquatic research. Limnology and Oceanography 64(S1):S2-S10

  • Thorson JT, Scheuerell MD, Olden JD, Schindler DE. 2018. Spatial heterogeneity contributes more to portfolio effects than species differences in bottom-associated marine fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285:20180915

  • Ardón M, Helton AM, Scheuerell MD, Bernhardt ES. 2017. Fertilizer legacies meet saltwater incursion: challenges and constraints for coastal plain wetland restoration. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 5:41

  • Ohlberger J, Scheuerell MD, Schindler DE. 2016. Population coherence and environmental impacts across spatial scales: a case study of Chinook salmon. Ecosphere 7:e01333

  • Scheuerell MD, Buhle ER, Semmens BX, Ford MJ, Cooney T, Carmichael RW. 2015. Analyzing large-scale conservation interventions with Bayesian hierarchical models: A case study of supplementing threatened Pacific salmon. Ecology and Evolution 5:2115–2125

  • Thorson JT, Scheuerell MD, Semmens BX, Pattengill-Semmens C. 2014. Demographic modeling of citizen science data informs habitat preferences and population dynamics of recovering fishes. Ecology 95:3251-3258