Model career capped off with honorary degree

September 21, 2012

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Professor Norm Hall

One of the leading lights in the sustainable management of fisheries was awarded with an honorary doctorate at a Murdoch University graduation ceremony on September 20.

Professor Norm Hall was presented with the Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his significant contribution to the statistical modelling of fish stocks.

He is among the most respected scientists involved with Murdoch University’s Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research.

Distinguished Research Professor Ian Potter praised Professor Hall’s exceptional intellectual achievements and his outstanding efforts to communicate with stakeholders in the fishing industry.

“Professor Hall’s analysis and modelling of the status of the Western Rock Lobster and certain prawn fisheries have been crucial for the sustainable management of those fisheries and the supply to the local commercial and recreational sectors and to overseas markets,” said Professor Potter.

“He is one of the most sought after scientists to conduct external reviews of fisheries departments and agencies.

“During his association with the University he has raised the standards of the quantitative and statistical analyses required in contemporary studies of fish and fisheries biology to a level that makes Murdoch equal to that of the very best universities that are involved in fish and fisheries research.”

Professor Neil Loneragan, Murdoch’s Chair in Fisheries Science, also praised Professor Hall’s contribution to Murdoch University.

“He has made a very significant contribution to the training and development of postgraduate students and researchers around Australia,” said Professor Loneragan.

“In addition to being an outstanding mathematician and modeller, a leader in the field internationally, he is one of the most generous, helpful and encouraging people that I have met.”

Professor Hall currently works part-time as a Principal Research Scientist for the Department of Fisheries WA. He is involved in developing methods to measure recreational catch and assess the status of fish stocks.

His long career with the Department of Fisheries started in 1969 as a Research Officer and after several promotions he became a Supervising Scientist in 1995.

Professor Hall joined the teaching staff at Murdoch as an Associate Professor in 2001. His duties included developing models for the management of ecologically sustainable fisheries and supervising postgraduate research students. He was made Professor in 2006 and Emeritus Professor in 2008.

Born in Geraldton in 1943, Professor Hall obtained a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) in 1964, a Diploma of Education the following year, and a Postgraduate Diploma of Computing in 1971. He completed his PhD at Murdoch in 2000 with his thesis, Modelling for fishery management, utilising data for selected species in Western Australia.

Professor Hall has authored a monograph on fish populations and contributed to more than 50 publications. He was the 2005 winner of the Australian Society for Fish Biology’s Kay Radway Allen award for his contribution to fisheries science.

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