Consultancy and advisory roles

Past and Present advisory roles:

2015–present: Island Closures Technical Team Member, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa.

2012–2015: Population Reinforcement Working Group Chair, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa.

2010–2014: Scientific Observer, Small Pelagic Working Group, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa.

Selected scientific reports for government:

  • Sherley RB. 2016. A Bayesian approach to understand the effect sizes, uncertainty and demographic impact associated with purse-seine fishing closures around African penguin colonies. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: MARAM/IWS/DEC16/Peng Clos/P2. pp. 1–28. (Temporary confidentiality pending peer-review publication) Please contact me for queries.
  • Sherley RB. 2016. Additional analysis suggested in response to differences in variance estimates between Sherley (2016) and Ross-Gillespie & Butterworth (2016). Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: MARAM/IWS/DEC16/Peng Clos/P4. pp. 1–3.
  • Weller F, Sherley RB, Altwegg R, Jarre A and Shannon LJ. 2016. Additional perspectives for the Stock Assessment Review Panel on penguin population modelling for decision making. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: MARAM/IWS/DEC16/Peng Press/P2. pp. 1–6.
  • Sherley RB. 2015. Proposal for additional analysis on the island closures feasibility data. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: FISHERIES/2015/AUG/SWG-PEL/PENG/R1. pp. 1–8.
  • Sherley RB. 2015. Comments on FISHERIES/2015/AUG/SWG-PEL/PENG/M1, ‘Points about technical proposals for determining the power and bias of estimators applied to “penguin experimental data”, Part I’. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: FISHERIES/2015/AUG/SWG-PEL/PENG/M1/RespR1. pp. 1–5.
  • Sherley RB. 2015. Comments and questions regarding FISHERIES/2015/AUG/SWG-PEL/PENG/D1. ‘Suggestions re further penguin power analysis and estimator simulation test in response to panel recommendations’. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: FISHERIES/2015/AUG/SWG-PEL/PENG/D1/RespR1. pp. 1–11.
  • Hagen C, Jarre A, Shannon L, Sherley RB, Steinfurth A, Crawford RJM, van der Merwe L, Wanless RM, Oosthuizen H, Pichegru L, Robinson K, Weller F, McInnes A, Winker H, Altwegg R, Ludynia K, Waller L and Makhado AB. 2014. Evaluating the state of knowledge on fishing exclusions around major African Penguin colonies. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: MARAM/IWS/DEC14/PENG/A1. pp. 1–12.
  • Sherley RB. 2014. Bayesian estimates of the power to detect an effect of fishing closures around Robben Island on the breeding productivity of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus). Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Report: FISHERIES/2014/APR/SWG–PEL/ICTT/19. pp. 1–14. (Later published in Biology Letters).

Analysis in support of uplisting Cape gannet to Endangered status (see here):

CG_BirdLife_Comment.docx