Trevor Branch

  • Associate Professor, SAFS
  • Faculty Member, UW QERM Graduate Program

Research areas

I focus on solving biological problems through data synthesis and mathematical models and work on a variety of research projects, including:

My graduate students and postdocs are currently working on modeling herring in Prince William Sound, improving Bayesian convergence time for fisheries stock assessments, developing new methods for data-limited stock assessments, examining the effects of catch shares on fisheries and ecosystems, assessing the status of blue whales in the Pacific and estimating the frequency of black swan events in ecological data.

Prospective graduate students: Note that I do not currently plan to take on new graduate students in 2016. Students in my lab usually have skills in math, statistics, and programming. If you are interested in joining my fledgling lab, please send me an email with (1) your CV, (2) unofficial transcripts, (3) a couple of paragraphs about your research interests, (4) your GRE scores, if available, and (5) a recent written example of your work. I will not make any decisions about incoming students until Jan-Feb of the year of admission.


Areas of Expertise

  • Ecological modeling and statistics
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine food webs
  • Catch share fisheries
  • Large cetaceans

Community Engagement and Awards

Selected service

  • Scientific Review Group, USA-Canada Pacific Whiting/Hake International Treaty Organization
  • Four NCEAS working groups
  • Peer reviewer for 47 journals

Selected awards

  • 2013 College of the Environment Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow
  • 2011 Sustainability Science Award, Ecological Society of America

Selected publications

  • 2013. T. A. Branch, A. S. Lobo, and S. W. Purcell. Opportunistic exploitation: an overlooked pathway to extinction. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:409-413.

  • 2011. Branch, T. A., O. P. Jensen, D. Ricard, Y. Ye, and R. Hilborn. Contrasting global trends in marine fishery status obtained from catches and from stock assessments. Conservation Biology 25:777-786.

  • 2010. Branch, T. A., R. Watson, E. A. Fulton, S. Jennings, C. R. McGilliard, G. T. Pablico, D. Ricard, and S. R. Tracey. The trophic fingerprint of marine fisheries. Nature 468:431-435.

  • 2009. Worm, B., R. Hilborn, J. K. Baum, T. A. Branch, J. S. Collie, C. Costello, M. J. Fogarty, E. A. Fulton, J. A. Hutchings, S. Jennings, O. P. Jensen, H. K. Lotze, P. M. Mace, T. R. McClanahan, C. Minto, S. R. Palumbi, A. M. Parma, D. Ricard, A. A. Rosenberg, R. Watson, and D. Zeller. Rebuilding global fisheries. Science 325:578-585.

  • 2007. Branch, T. A. and 42 coauthors. Past and present distribution, densities and movements of blue whales Balaenoptera musculus in the Southern Hemisphere and northern Indian Ocean. Mammal Review 37:116-175.