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Dr. Jaime Ashander is a computational scientist focused on understanding the consequences of complex biological dynamics in changing and human-influenced environments. Using mathematical and computational models, he advances theory and methods for describing how social, ecological, and evolutionary dynamics interact in human dominated environments, as well as methods to connect this theory to data. With these tools he seeks to understand fundamental questions about the dynamics of both natural and human-dominated systems and to apply this knowledge to pressing global challenges in sustainability including outbreaks and invasions of harmful species, conservation of endangered species, and management of freshwater-coupled human-natural systems. He has worked on methods to inform demographic models from genomic data, theory for how environmental stochasticity affects population persistence given eco-evolutionary dynamics, and models for the effects of coastal salmonid aquaculture on ecological and evolutionary dynamics of sea lice and wild salmon.
At Resources for the Future and SESYNC, Jaime is working to advance modeling of socio-environmental systems to inform policy and management. This work includes developing tools for optimal management of socio-environmental systems spread across complex landscapes, as well as integrated process-based models of water-linked socio-environmental systems.