David Die

David Die

Research Associate Professor,
Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society

University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149


Tel: 305.421.4607

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Development of mathematical and statistical models (both for prediction and estimation) to support natural resource management. I give scientific advice on fishery resources and provide quantitative auditing of management performance. I have a special interest in developing an understanding of the mechanisms that are key to the sustainability of fisheries and relating such mechanisms to the processes of ecosystem management. I have worked for 30 years on research devoted to the assessment and management of worldwide fisheries and my research has been instrumental in the development of major management changes (fishing closures, fleet capacity reductions, catch quotas) in several fisheries. Presently, I am doing work in the assessment of tuna, billfish, sharks and reef-fish fisheries in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. I have current collaborative research links with scientists in fishery Institutions all around the world. I am the current Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

Forrestal FC,  McDonald MD, Burress G and Die D.J. 2017. Reflex impairment and physiology as predictors of delayed mortality in recreationally caught yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus). Conservation Physiology 5: 1-12.

Pons, M., Arocha F., Domingo A., Die D.J., Brazeiro A. and Hazin F.H. 2016 . Potential use of anal fin spines for assessing age and growth of longbill spearfish, Tetrapturus pfluegeri, in the western Atlantic Ocean. Bulletin of Marine Science 92: 385-398.

Saul S. and Die D.J. 2016. Modeling the Decision-Making Behavior of Fishers in the Reef Fish Fishery on the West Coast of Florida. Human Dimensions in Wildlife 21: 567-586.

Die  D.J. 2016.  Challenges faced by management of the Atlantic tuna stock related to the development of Mediterranean blluefin tuna farming.  In: Advances in tuna aquaculture - from hatchery to market. Academic press. pp  43-58

Sculley M. and Die D.J. 2016. Inferring seasonal movements of tropical tunas between regions in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from catch per unit effort. ICCAT Col. Vol. Sci. Pap. 72: 747-785

Council, E. and Die D.J. 2015. The Relative Importance of Subpopulation Connectivity and the Age Distribution of Mortality in Exploited Marine Fish Populations. Ecological modelling 312: 247-255.

Phillips, K., Mansfield K., Die D.J. and Addison D.  2014. Survival and remigration probabilities for loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) nesting in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  Marine Biology 161: 245-252.

Die, D.J. Sculley M. and Lauretta M. 2014. Simulating tagging of tropical tuna in the equatorial atlantic ocean. ICCAT Col. Vol. Sci. Pap. 70: 2710-2724

Braccini, JM, Troynikov VS,  Courtney AJ, Die DJ, Prosser A and Montgomery SS. 2013.  Stochastic growth of the eastern king prawn (melicertus plebejus (Hess, 1865)) harvested off eastern Australia. Crustaceana 86: 651-660.

Saul, SE Walter III J, Die DJ ,Naar DF and Donahue BT. 2013.  Modeling the Spatial Distribution of Commercially Important Reef Fish on the West Florida Shelf. Fisheries Research 143: 12-20.

Saul S.E., Die DJ., Brooks EN. and Burns K. 2012. An individual-based homing model of ontogenetic migration in reef fish using a biased random walk. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 141: 1439-1452

Forrestal F, Coll M,  Die DJ, and Christensen V. 2012. Ecosystem effects of Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus thynnus) aquaculture in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 456: 215–231.

Collette,BB, KE Carpenter, BA Polidoro, MJ Juan-Jordá, A Boustany, DJ Die, (and 15 others). 2011. High Value and Long Life—Double Jeopardy for Tunas and Billfishes. Science 333: 292-293.

Kleisner KM., JF. Walter, III, SL. Diamond and DJ. Die. 2010. Modeling the spatial autocorrelation of pelagic fish abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 411: 203-213.

Singh-Renton, S., Die D.J. and Mohammed E. 2010. An ecosystem approach to fisheries for management of large pelagic fish resources in the caribbean large marine ecosystem. In: Towards Marine Ecosystem-Based Management in the Wider Caribbean.  Fanning L., Mahon R. and McConney P. editors. Amsterdam University Press.  pp. 197-212

Brinson, A. Die D.J., Bannerman P. and Diatta, Y. 2009. Socioeconomic performance of West African fleets that target Atlantic billfish. Fisheries Research 99: 55-62.

Die, D. J. 2009. Design and Implementation of Management Plans. Pages 205-220 in A fishery manager's handbook. Ed. K. Cohrane and S. Garcia. Wiley-Blackwell

Brown, S. K., M. Shivlani, D. J. Die, D. B. Sampson, and T. A. Ting. 2006. The Center for Independent Experts: The National External Peer Review Program of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Fisheries 31:590-600.  

Die, D. J. 2006. Are Atlantic marlins overfished or endangered? Some reasons why we may not be able to tell. Bulletin of Marine Science 79:529-544. 

Drew, K., D. J. Die, and F. Arocha. 2006. Challenges of ageing billfish: understanding vascularization of fin spines in white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus). Bulletin of Marine Science 79:847-852. 

Ye, Y., N. Loneragan, D. J. Die, R. Watson, and B. Harch. 2005. Bioeconomic modelling and risk assessment of tiger prawn (Penaeus esculentus) stock enhancement in Exmouth Gulf, Australia. Fisheries Research 73:231-249. 

Die, D. J. 2004. Status and assessment of large pelagic resources. Pages 15-44 in Management of large pelagic fisheries in CARICOM Countries. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper, 664. FAO, Rome, Italy. 

Kell, L. T., D. J. Die, V. R. Restrepo, J. M. Fromentin, V. Ortiz de Zarate, and P. P. 2003. An Evaluation Of Management Strategies For Atlantic tuna Stocks. Scientia Marina 67:353-370. 

Die, D. J., L. Kell, and P. Pallares. 2002. Time trends in abundance and catchability of yellowfin tuna and their relationship to the North Atlantic Oscillation index. ICCAT Col. Vol. Sci. Pap. 54:1049-1063. 

Die, D. J., P. Pallares, and L. Kell. 2002. The effect of time correlated uncertainty on the management of yellowfin tuna stocks. ICCAT Col. Vol. Sci. Pap. 54:1671-1681. Manson, F., and D. J. Die. 2001. Incorporating commercial fishery information in the design of Marine Protected Areas. Ocean and coastal management 44:571-530. 

Courtney, A. C., D. J. Die, and M. Cosgrove. 2001. Population dynamics of scyllarid lobsters of the genus Thenus spp. on the Queensland (Australia) east coast. I. assessing the effects of tagging. Fisheries Research 53:251-261

Bishop, J., D. J. Die, and Y. Wang. 2000. Using generalised estimating equations to assess increases in fishing power caused by changes in vessel technology. Australia New Zealand Journal of Statistics 42:901-919. 

Die, D. J., and N. Ellis. 1999. Banana prawns (Penaeus merguiensis) aggregation dynamics in the Northern Prawn Fishery. Marine and Freshwater Research 50:667-675. 

O’Neill, M. F., D. J. Die, B. R. Taylor, and M. J. Faddy. 1999. Accuracy of at sea size grading of tiger prawns in the Australian Northern prawn Fishery. Fishery Bulletin (US) 97(2):396-401. 

Milton, D. A., D. J. Die, and S. Swales. 1998. Selectivity for barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in the Fly River, Papua New Guinea: implications for managing gillnet fisheries on protandrous hermaphrodite fishes. Marine and Freshwater Research 49:499-506 

Die, D. J., and J. F. Caddy. 1998. A reply to Kesteven. Fishery Research 34: 316-317. 

Robins, C.M.; Wang, Y.; Die, D. J. 1998. The impact of global positioning systems and plotters on fishing power in the Northern Prawn Fishery, Australia. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55: 1645-1651. 

Die, D. J., and J. F. Caddy. 1997. Estimating sustainable yield from biomass: what are the appropriate approaches for tropical species with high values of M? Fishery Research 32:69-79. 

Die, D. J., J. G. McGilvray, A. J. Courtney, and M. G. Cosgrove. 1995. A quantitative method for staging penaeid prawn ovaries using image analysis. Invertebrate Reproduction and Dev. 28:177-183.

including fleet dynamics and uncertainty. N. Am. J. Fish Man. 13:326-336. 

Die, D. J., and R. A. Watson. 1992. A per-recruit simulation model for evaluating spatial closures in an Australian penaeid fishery. Aquatic Living Resources 5:145-153.  

Die D. J. 1992. Tagging data distributions and the estimation of growth in penaeids. In: Hancock, D.A. (Ed.). The measurement of age and growth in fish and shelfish. Bureau of Rural Resources Proc., 12: 145 156.

Die D. J. 1992. Utility per recruit modelling: a forgotten alternative for the evaluation of minimum size regulations. In: Hancock, D.A. (Ed.). Legal sizes and their use in fisheries management. Bureau of Rural Resources Proc., 13: 99 101.

Die D.J. 1992. The concept of absolute age in penaeids. In: Hancock, D.A. (Ed.). The measurement of age and growth in fish and shelfish. Bureau of Rural Resources Proc., 12: 80 87.

Die, D. J., and R. A. Watson. 1991. Dissipation of spatial closure benefits as a result of non compliance. Mathematics and computers in simulation 33:451-456.

Die, D. J., V. R. Restrepo, and W. W. J. Fox. 1990. Equilibrium production models that incorporate fished area. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 119:445-454. 

Die, D. J. 1989. Analysis of a size-age stratified population under a multigear fishery operation: The European hake fishery of Northwest Africa. 240pp. University of Miami.

Die, D. J., V. R. Restrepo, and J. M. Hoenig. 1988. Utility per recruit modeling: A neglected concept. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 117:274-281.

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  • MBF713 , Marine Pipulation Dynamics
  • MES677, Fisheries Ecosystems: Management and Conservation
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