Our Team

Dr. Ashleen Benson
President

Ashleen is a Principal at Landmark Fisheries Research with a talent for clarifying the management applications of novel research and analysis. She is responsible for managing a large portfolio of projects, ongoing project development, and client relations. Ashleen has 25 years experience in fisheries and marine science, and is keenly interested in implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, including integration of ecological, economic, cultural, and social aspects in decision-making. Ashleen holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Sean Cox
Chief Technical Officer

Sean is a Principal at Landmark Fisheries Research who thrives on finding practical solutions to challenges in fisheries science and harvest management. He is known both within Canada and internationally for his work in fisheries stock assessment and management strategy evaluation on some of the world’s most valuable fisheries. Dr Cox currently serves on scientific review panels for the International Halibut Commission and the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna. Sean brings this depth of experience to Landmark’s technical scientific work, while also providing practical guidance to clients as they navigate complex scientific and policy frameworks. 

Sean holds a PhD in Resource and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Master of Science in Oceanography (UBC), and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has been a Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management since 2002.

Beau Doherty
Fisheries Analyst

Beau has 11 years of experience conducting fisheries research and data analytics. Harnessing data science, statistical models, and custom software, he develops practical and timely solutions that are tailor-made for fisheries and client needs. Recent projects include management strategy evaluation for Yelloweye Rockfish, quantifying hatchery effects on wild salmon productivity, and novel habitat risk assessment frameworks for bottom longline fisheries. He is our go to in-house for creative data visualization and engaging maps.

Beau has a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (Quantitative Fisheries Research) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil/Environmental Engineering) from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Samuel Johnson
Senior Fisheries Scientist

Sam is Senior Fisheries Scientist at Landmark Fisheries Research. He balances a keen interest in building complex, quantitative models of fishery management systems with a pragmatic, results driven approach to fisheries science and management. Sam leads several stock assessment and management strategy evaluation related projects, and develops and maintains several of Landmark’s quantitative software packages and tools. Over almost a decade spent helping fisheries answer scientific and management questions, Sam has developed an interest in the complex trade-offs required to manage mixed species fisheries, where ecosystem health and economic success must be balanced.

Sam holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Sam lives in New Westminster, BC, with his wife and two sons, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, riding bikes, playing board games, and the occasional local craft beer.