Suresh Andrew Sethi
Assistant Professor
Assistant Unit Leader, USGS NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources
Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Affiliate Faculty, Alaska Pacific University, F.A.S.T. Lab
Honorary Fellow, Ulster University
e. suresh.sethi at

Curriculum vitae.
Publications: google scholar.

I’m fascinated by the interface between ecology and people in managing natural resource systems.  My research aims to address information needs for resource management with a focus on marine and aquatic systems.  As such, I maintain a multidisciplinary research program which spans ecological topics—including population abundance assessment, demography, population dynamics modeling, species distribution modeling, and statistical genetics—and socioeconomic topics—including risk assessment and risk management in fisheries.  Much of what I do involves applied statistics and modeling, but I occasionally get out in the field to conduct lake and stream sampling, collect biopsies off walrus, and count things in the intertidal zone.  The ecosystems in which I’ve worked are predominately found at high latitudes, many of which are situated in subarctic and arctic climates. I also commercially fished for a few seasons in Alaska.

I grew up on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.  I earned a B.S. in Zoology at the U of WI-Madison Center for Limnology and then earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the U of WA-Seattle School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.


Current Lab Members

Taylor Brown
M.S./Ph.D Student, Cornell University
Coregonine spatial ecology and early life-history within Lake Ontario. I am especially interested in applied fisheries ecology research investigating population dynamics, food webs, early life-history, and portfolio effects.

Kimberly Fitzpatrick
Ph.D. Student, Cornell University
Population dynamics modeling of Lake Ontario Chinook salmon to identify predator control rules robust to uncertainty, such as periodic shocks to prey fields.

Matt Paufve
M.S. Student, Cornell University
Assessment of spawning habitat use by Cisco in the Great Lake systems to inform population restoration efforts in Lake Ontario.

T. Scott Smeltz
Ph.D. Student, Cornell University
Managing for long term sustainability of seafood production from bottom-tendered wild capture fisheries: evaluating tradeoffs between spatial closures versus gear modification.

Meadhbh Moriarty
Visiting Fulbright Ph.D. Student, Ulster University
As a Fulbright-Marine Institute Student Awardee, Meadhbh is visiting Cornell University and Alaska Pacific University to develop geostatistical models to assess changing marine fish population distributions to inform harvest management.

Dr. Diana Rypkema
NatureNet postdoctoral fellow, Cornell University
As a NatureNet fellow, Diana is collaborating with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy.  Her project will contribute to understanding how fisheries and aquaculture planning can cope with climate change while still meeting protein needs in the Africa Great Lakes region.

Dr. Kristen Hychka
Postdoctoral researcher, Cornell University and NY Water Resources Institute
Kristen is a member of the NY Water Resources Institute.  Her work addresses aquatic natural resource management in NY and Northeast U.S. watersheds. She is currently conducting a synthesis of social considerations surrounding dam removal. Her project is contributing to larger program to advance aquatic connectivity restoration in the Hudson River, an iconic watershed.


Past Members

John Hagan
M.S. Student, Alaska Pacific University
Assessment of the relationship between Landsat thermal imagery and in situ stream temperature dynamics in temperate subarctic systems–is remotely sensed thermal data useful for fisheries ecology?

Sabrina Larsen
M.S. Student, Alaska Pacific University
Sabrina studied triploidy induction in Chinook Salmon and assessed the efficacy of increased pressure shock duration on triploidy success.

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