Alexandre Aires-da-SilvaPosition: Coordinator of Scientific Research; Head of Scientific Research Division - La Jolla Headquarters
The main responsibilities of the Coordinator of Scientific Research, as established in Article 4 of the Antigua Convention, are to assist the Director and the Commission in the following:
- Preparing and updating the Strategic Science Plan (SSP) for the Commission;
- Developing the staff’s activities and research plans for implementing the SSP;
- Communicating the best available science and the staff’s conclusions and recommendations regarding fisheries management, data collection and research to the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Commission;
- Academic Degrees:
- PhD, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA, 2008 (Alex’s story at SAFS-UW).
- Licenciatura (B.Sc.) in Marine Biology and Fisheries, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 1996.
- The Inner MBA certificate program, New York University (MindfulNYU), USA, Aug. 2021.
- Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, USA, Nov. 2014-Jan. 2015.
- Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, USA, Jul.-Oct. 2014.
Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva is originally from Portugal, where he grew up close to the ocean. A keen early interest in large pelagic fishes, particularly sharks, led to a career in fisheries science, specializing in stock assessment but characterized by a great diversity of activities and interests. In 1996, on completing his undergraduate studies in marine biology and fisheries at the University of Algarve, Alex began his professional career as a Principal Science Technician at the University of the Azores, an ideal location and opportunity for broadening his experience in fisheries science research, working on fisheries biology and stock assessment of sharks and demersal fishes and on bycatch issues, as well as hands-on fieldwork as a fisheries observer and as a team leader on several research cruises. In 2000, Alex began his PhD as a Fulbright scholar at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences of the University of Washington in Seattle, USA; he graduated in 2008, earning the Faculty Merit Award. He completed advanced studies in modern quantitative methods of fisheries stock assessment, and in his doctoral thesis expanded his previous work in the Azores into an investigation of the population dynamics of blue sharks over the entire North Atlantic Ocean.
Alex joined the IATTC staff in 2007, with the then called Tuna-Billfish Program under the leadership of Dr. Rick Deriso, with his principal responsibility of the stock assessment of bigeye tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. He worked in close collaboration with Dr. Mark Maunder on this and many other assessments, and represented the staff in the Pacific Bluefin Tuna and Albacore Working Groups of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean and at meetings and joint working groups of various fisheries-related international bodies. His responsibilities gradually expanded into leadership and coordination activities, especially those involving direct cooperative work with regional scientists; for example, during 2014-2016 he coordinated a collaborative regional effort to develop the first stock assessment of dorado in the EPO, and led the continuing efforts to improve data collection for shark fisheries, in Central America prior to 2021, and now expanding to other IATTC members. Alex is particularly interested in building scientific research capacity in developing member nations of the IATTC through teaching and collaborative research activities, and was lead instructor for several courses taught in Latin America.
In October 2017, Alex succeeded Dr. Deriso as Coordinator of Scientific Research (CSR), the post he now holds.
His main duties are to assist the Director in the planning and coordination of the staff’s scientific activities and in communicating the results to the Commission. In this regard, Alex greatly values the multicultural and multidisciplinary diversity of the IATTC staff, and believes that cultivating an atmosphere of horizontally structured teamwork is essential to maximizing the staff’s talents, and thus its value to the Commission.
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- Lennert-Cody, C.E., McCracken, M., Siu, S., Oliveros-Ramos, R., Maunder, M.N., Aires-da-Silva, A., Miguel, Carvajal Rodrigues, J. M., Opsomer, J. 2022. Single-cluster sampling designs for shark catch size composition in a Central American longline fishery. Fisheries Research
- Carolina V Minte-Vera, Mark N Maunder, Alexandre M Aires-da-Silva 2021. Auxiliary diagnostic analyses used to detect model misspecification and highlight potential solutions in stock assessments: application to yellowfin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science
- Kurt Schaefer, Daniel Fuller, José Leonardo Castillo-Geniz, Carlos Javier Godinez-Padilla, Michel Dreyfus, Alexandre Aires-da-Silva 2021. Post-release survival of silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) following capture by Mexican flag longline fishing vessels in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Research
- Hilario Murua, Shane P. Griffiths, Alistair J. Hobday, Shelley C. Clarke, Enric Cortés, Eric L. Gilman, Josu Santiago, Haritz Arrizabalaga, Paul de Bruyn, Jon Lopez, Alexandre M. Aires-da-Silva & Victor Restrepo 2021. Shark mortality cannot be assessed by fishery overlap alone. Nature Research
- Mark N.Maunder, James T.Thorson, Haikun Xu, Ricardo Oliveros-Ramos, Simon D.Hoyle, Laura Tremblay-Boyer, Hui Hua Lee , Mikihiko Kai, Shui-KaiChang, Toshihide Kitakado, Christoffer M.Albertsen, Carolina V.Minte-Vera, Cleridy E.Lennert-Cody, Alexandre M.Aires-da-Silva, Kevin R.Piner 2020. The need for spatio-temporal modeling to determine catch-per-unit effort based indices of abundance and associated composition data for inclusion in stock assessment models. Fisheries Research
- Chin-HwaSun (Jenny) Ph.D., Mark N. Maunder Ph.D., Minling Pan Ph.D., Alexandre Aires-da-Silva Ph.D., William H. Bayliff Ph.D., Guillermo A. Compeán Ph.D. 2019. Increasing the economic value of the eastern Pacific Ocean tropical tuna fishery: Tradeoffs between longline and purse-seine fishing. Deep Sea Research
- Schaefer, K.M., Fuller, D.W., Aires-da-Silva, A., Carvajal, J.M., Martinez, J. and Hutchinson, M.R. 2019. Postrelease survival of silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) following capture by longline fishing vessels in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean. Bulletin of Marine Science
- Maunder, M.N., Deriso, R.B., Schaefer, K.M., Fuller, D.W., Aires-da-Silva, A.M., Minte‑Vera, C.V., Campana, S.E. 2018. The growth cessation model: a growth model for species showing a near cessation in growth with application to bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus). Marine Biology
- Lennert-Cody, C.E., Clarke, S.C., Aires-da-Silva, A., Maunder, M.N., Franks, P.J.S., Roman, M., Miller, A.J., Minami, M. 2018. The importance of environment and life stage on interpretation of silky shark relative abundance indices for the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Oceanography
- Minte-Vera, C.V., Maunder, M.N., Schaefer, K.M. Aires-da-Silva, A. M. 2018. The influence of metrics for spawning output on stock assessment results and evaluation of reference points: An illustration with yellowfin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Research