Bruce McAdam

Dr Bruce McAdam

T: +44 [0]1786 467891
E: bjm5 at stir dot ac dot uk

Lecturer in Ecological/Environmental Modelling

Ecological Modeller (MASTS) in the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group

Dr. Bruce McAdam is an ecologist with an interest in numerical methods for analysing unusual data sources, ranging from long term historic data to archival tag data. He has previously in Iceland, working mainly on the population structure of Icelandic population of Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, and now acts as a modeller in the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group in the Institute of Aquaculture. Bruce has turned his attention towards the ecology of aquatic food species, after originally gaining a PhD in programming language theory at the Institute of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Selected recent papers

Bruce J. McAdam, Timothy B. Grabowski, Guðrún Marteinsdóttir. 2012. Morphological Markers and the Structure of the Icelandic Cod. Journal of Fish Biology (In press)

Bruce J. McAdam, Timothy B. Grabowski, Guðrún Marteinsdóttir. 2012. Testing for differences in spatial distributions from telemetry data. Fisheries Research (In press, available online)

Heidi Pardoe, Bruce J. McAdam, Gu¡ðr¡ún Marteinsd¡óttir. 2012. Phenotypic markers of intra-stock diversity in Atlantic cod in Icelandic waters. 6th World Fisheries Congress, Edinburgh, UK (Conference Abstract).

Bruce J. McAdam, Heidi Pardoe, Gu¡ðr¡ún Marteinsd¡óttir. 2012. Simulating observed heterozygosity to test hypotheses about small scale spatial structure in a marine fish stock. 6th World Fisheries Congress, Edinburgh, UK (Conference Abstract.

Timothy B. Grabowski, Vilhjálmur Thorsteinsson, Bruce J. McAdam, Gudrún Marteinsdóttir. 2011. Evidence of Segregated Spawning in a Single Marine Fish Stock: Sympatric Divergence of Ecotypes in Icelandic Cod?. PloS ONE 6(3):e17528>

Timothy B. Grabowski, Bruce J. McAdam, Kai Logemann, Vilhjálmur Thorsteinsson, and Gudrún Marteinsdóttir. 2010. Lunacy in Atlantic cod: Assessing the timing of spawning in Atlantic cod using electronic data storage tags and ocean models. Conference Paper, ICES Annual Science Conference, Nantes, France.

Björn Gunnarsson, Jonas P. Jonasson and Bruce J. McAdam. 2010. Variation in hatch date distributions, settlement and growth of juvenile plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) in Icelandic waters. Sea Research 64:61-67

C. Tara Marshall, Bruce J. McAdam. 2007. Integrated perspectives on genetic and environmental effects on maturation can reduce potential for errors of inference. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 335: 301–310

PhD Studentship available now:
Development of computer models of the ecological interactions between wild and farmed fish

The CodMorph project aims to make use of existing samples (DNA, otoliths, liver tissue, archival tags, and more) to establish phenotypic markers distinguishing stock components of the Icelandic cod. The project is a collaboration between MARICE, the Icelandic Marine Research Institute Hafro, and Matis and Icelandic Food and Biotech Research and Development Company. CodMorph is funded by the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.

Individual Based modelling of Icelandic Cod
This project was funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research, from 2008-2011.

UNCOVER: Understanding mechanisms of stock recovery
This FP6 funded project involved management strategy evaluation models to examine different hypotheses about the processes underlying wild marine food fish stock recovery.

Case study: Can we assess changes in cod maturation from historic data?
Here is my experiment with an online presentation... Click the PLAY button on the animation to the left to find out how we used a simulation method to solve a problem. Use the PLAY button to move to the next item. You can scroll and zoom around to read it as well. See Marshall and McAdam (2007) Marine Ecology Progress Series 335:301-310. A paper describing the method in more detail is in review.