Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva is Coordinator of Scientific Research at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). He joined IATTC’s Tuna-Billfish group in 2007, with the main responsibility of conducting stock assessments of bigeye tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. He also has served on the ISC Working Groups on Pacific bluefin tuna, albacore, and sharks.
He has a keen interest in building scientific research capacity in developing countries through cooperative work and teaching activities, and has coordinated the collaborative regional effort to develop stock assessments of data-poor species, particularly sharks and dorado. Dr. Aires-da-Silva specializes in stock assessment, but his career has covered a great diversity of experience in fisheries science, from modern quantitative methods to team leader on several research cruises. He began his career at the University of the Azores, Portugal, where he worked on pelagic longline fisheries with an emphasis on sharks.
He received a Fulbright Scholarship to the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, USA, where his Ph.D. research focused on the population dynamics of the blue shark in the North Atlantic Ocean.