Cassidy Peterson

Ph.D. Student

Email: [[cpeterson]]
Phone: (804) 684-7370
Office: Nunnally Hall 130
Department: Fisheries Science
Advisor: Robert Latour


PhD Dissertation: Improving Observation, Assessment, and Management of Atlantic Coastal Sharks

M.S. Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary (2016)
Thesis: Patterns of Abundance and Community Dynamics in Atlantic Coastal Sharks

B.S. Marine Science & B.S. Mathematics, University of New England (2013)
Honors thesis: Stage-Based Matrix Modeling and Subsequent Analysis of the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias)


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the quantitative analysis of fish (namely, shark) population dynamics, community & spatial ecology, and management. 


Shark Program

Multispecies Research Group facebook page



Peterson CD. Wilberg MJ. Cortés E. Latour RJ. (2021) Dynamic factor analysis to reconcile conflicting survey indices of abundance. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Huynh QC. Beckensteiner J. Carleton LM. Marcek BJ. Nepal KC V. Peterson CD. Wood MA. Hoenig JM. (2018) Comparative performance of three length-based mortality estimators. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 10: 298-313. 

Peterson CD. Belcher CN. Bethea DM. Driggers III WB. Frazier BS. Latour RJ. (2017) Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States. Fish and Fisheries. 18(5): 845-859.

Peterson CD. Gartland J. Latour RJ. (2017) Novel use of hook timers to quantify changing catchability over soak time in longline surveys. Fisheries Research. 194: 99-111. 

Peterson CD. Parsons KT. Bethea DM. Driggers, III WB. Latour RJ. (2017) Community interactions and density dependence in the southeast United States coastal shark complex. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 579: 81-96. 



See the following infographic depicting the purpose and importance of fishing survey programs to monitor fish populations.