Emily Liljestrand

Emily Liljestrand

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Ph.D. Student
Quantitative Fisheries Center



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  • M.S. University of Maryland 2017
  • B.A. and B.S. Rice University 2013


I am originally from Austin, Texas and was interested in Marine and Aquatic Sciences at a young age. I participated in numerous Marine Science summer camps in my youth. I attended Rice University and received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. It was only after graduating that I found my way to Stock Assessment and Population Dynamics, a field that combined my interests in Marine Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. I attended the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and received an M.S. in Fisheries Science where I studied the movement and mortality of Atlantic Menhaden. I am a NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow (2019-2022), and a recipient of the William E. Ricker Distinguished Fellowship.


My goal is to explore the dynamics and feasibility of a state-space modeling approach to stock assessment. I'm using Lake Michigan Lake Whitefish and Georges Bank Haddock as case studies.


Liljestrand, E.M., M.J. Wilberg, and A.M. Schueller. 2019. Estimation of movement and mortality of Atlantic menhaden during 1966-1969 using a Bayesian multi-state mark-recovery model. Fisheries Research 210:204-213.

Liljestrand, E.M., M.J. Wilberg, and A.M. Schueller. 2019. Multi-state dead recovery mark-recovery model performance for estimating movement and mortality rates. Fisheries Research 210:214-223.