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To be effective, a modern marine scientist must be more than smart - they must be skilled. There is extensive literature decrying the state of statistics training at most universities, and it is almost a cliche to say that students should be better communicators - yet few research-based graduate programs include explicit training in these fields as a core requirement. In this poster, I describe the Fisheries and Marine Institute's new Fisheries Science M.Sc and Ph.D programs, with a focuses on the pedagogical underpinnings of the structure of the program. These evidence-based programs are built around core training in R Statistical Software, statistics and study design, and science communication, and support students conducting research in the fisheries science space. Our goal is to produce world-class research, but also work with industry, government, and communities to use that research towards the shared goal of protecting biodiversity in the world's oceans.
This poster was presented at the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, 13-16 May 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.