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Suresh Andrew Sethi

Suresh Andrew Sethi


  • Ph D University of Washington 2011
  • MS University of Washington 2007
  • BS University of Wisconsin 2001


Suresh is the Assistant Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University.

Research Interests

The core of my research program centers around quantitative fisheries science in both freshwater and marine environments, with a goal of informing fisheries and aquatic natural resource management efforts. Research topics include population abundance and demographic assessments, habitat use studies, phenology, aquatic invasive species management and incorporation of genetic tools into fish and wildlife management. Natural resource systems are linked social-ecological systems; effective management requires consideration of ecological, economic, and sociocultural components of natural resource systems. As such, I also maintain cross-disciplinary collaborations in the social and managerial sciences which seek to understand the dynamics of resource users and identify mechanisms to cope with high variability inherent in natural resource systems. Research topics of interest for these collaborations include risk assessment and risk management in natural resource systems.

Teaching Interests

Applied statistics, fisheries ecology, natural resource management science

Professional Society Service

  • Other - Ulster University, Honorary Fellow (July 2017 - July 2022)
  • Other - Affiliate Assistant Professor
    (January 2012 - January 2022)
  • Other - Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future ( 2016 - 2021)

Research Publications

  • Rose C, Nielsen JK, Gauvin J, Loher T, Sethi SA, Seitz AC, Courtney MB, Dorbny P. Survival outcome patterns revealed by deploying advanced tags in quantity (160): Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) survivals after release from trawl catches through expedited sorting. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. In press. Abstract | 
  • Smeltz TS, Harris B, Olson J, Sethi SA. A seascape scale habitat model to support management of fishing impacts on benthic ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76:1836-1844. Abstract | 
  • Almeida R, Shi Q, Gomes-Selman JM, Barros N, Forsberg B, Garcia-Villacorta R, Hamilton SK, Melack JM, Perez G, Sethi SA, Gomes CP, Flecker AS. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions of Amazon hydropower with optimal dam planning. Nature Communications 12:4281 Abstract | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Controversial Conservation Topics II (2018)
  • Advanced Fisheries Research Methods (2017)
  • Controversial Conservation Topics (2016)

New York Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Suresh Andrew SethiScience Panel Member, North Pacific Research Board (October 2019 - September 2023)

New York University Committees and Workgroups

  • Suresh Andrew SethiNY Sea Grant (August 2016 - December 2016)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 57

Presentations: 121

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute