Tom Carruthers

Assistant Professor

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Quantitative Modelling Group

Degrees: BSc, Marine Biology, First Class Honors, University of Plymouth, UK
MSc, Quantitative Marine Ecology, University of Sydney, Australia
PhD, Fisheries Science, Imperial College London, UK

Contact Information

Office phone: 604-822-6903

Office location: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Room 335, 2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia

Research Interests

Tom’s goal is to find quantitative solutions to critical fishery science and management problems.

His primary focus is on identifying sustainable management strategies for 90% of the worlds fisheries which are data-limited. In collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, over the next three years Tom is investigating data-limited management strategies for Canadian Fisheries. He is also working with the world’s leading seafood eco-labeling body the Marine Stewardship Council to develop certification standards for data-limited fisheries.

Tom also investigates new stock assessment methodologies and is the lead developer of multi-stock spatial models for informing management of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Tom is grateful for the ongoing support of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NYC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Walton Foundation.


Propelled by a childhood fascination of ocean ecosystems Tom obtained degrees in Marine Biology in the UK and Quantitative Marine Ecology in Australia. Recognizing the challenges facing ocean management, he developed a keen interest in quantitative problem solving culminating in a PhD at Imperial College London. Following Research Associate positions at Imperial College and UBC, Tom is now Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries.

Tom is the creator and coauthor of the data-limited methods toolkit ( a collaboration between UBC and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is also the principal developer of the Atlantic bluefin tuna framework for Management Strategy Evaluation.

He is a regular attendee of International tuna commissions, an invited expert reviewer of stock assessment for US fisheries and teaches workshops on assessment methodology for the UN Food and Agricultural Administration.


Google Scholar


  • 2017-2018. Management strategies for data-limited fisheries. UN FAO.
  • 2017. The data-limited methods toolkit: a framework for informing the management of Canadian fisheries. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.