Matt Burgess

Postdoctoral Scholar, Sustainable Fisheries Group

My general interest is in doing policy-relevant research at the intersections of ecology and economics, theory and empirics. Much of my work has focused on fisheries, which I consider to be a useful microcosm for social-ecological systems under global change. My current research focuses on ecosystem approaches to fisheries management and conservation under capacity constraints and multiple competing objectives. Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2014) B.Sc., University of Toronto (2009)




  • Burgess MG, McDermott GR, Owashi B, Peavey LE, Clavelle T, Ovando D, Wallace BP, Lewison RL, Gaines SD, Costello C. Protecting marine turtles, mammals and birds by rebuilding global fisheries. 
  • Bailey R, Carrella E, Axtell RL, Burgess MG, Cabral RB, Drexler M, Dorsett C, Madsen JK, Merkl A, Saul S. A computational approach to managing coupled human-environmental systems: The POSEIDON model of ocean fisheries.
  • Tallis HM, Hawthorne PL, Polasky S, Reid J, Beck MW, Brauman K, Bielicki JM, Binder S, Burgess MG, Cassidy E, Clark A, Costello C, Fargione J, Game ET, Gerber J, Isbell F, Kiesecker J, McDonald R, Metian M, Molnar JL, Mueller ND, O'Connell CO, Ovando D, Troell M, Boucher T, McPeek B. Meeting economic growth and multiple environmental elements of sustainable development.
  • Twohey B, Klein CJ, Burgess MG, Gaines SD, Halpern BS. Social equity is strategically important in environmental management. 
  • Burgess MG, Drexler M, Axtell RL, Bailey RM, Watson JR, Ananthanaryanan A, Cabral R, Carrella E, Clemence M, Costello C, Dorsett C, Gaines SD, Klein ES, Koralus P, Leonard G, Levin SA, Little LR, Lynham J, Madsen JK, Merkl A, Owashi B, Saul SE, van Putten IE, Wilcox S. The role of agent-based modeling in systems-based fishery management. 
  • Corney S, Murphy EJ, Paterson B, Allen I, Bannister H, Blanchard JL, Bopp L, Bravo F, Burgess MG, Constable A, Desmit X, Drexler M, Galbraith E, Fulton EA, Hofmann E, Hofmeister R, Klinger T, Le Bris A, Mackay M, Melbourne-Thomas J, Mukherjee J, Mussap G, Rosati G, Suprenand PM, Underwood PJ, Weber CT, Zhang X, Hyder K. Integrating human dimensions into marine ecosystem models will improve marine management.