Ana is an expert in fisheries modeling, assessment and management. Her research interests center on the study of fisheries from different angles, ranging from technical aspects of fish stock assessments, modeling and the design of effective harvest control rules, to institutional aspects of decision-making and fisheries governance. She was trained in fisheries modeling at the University of Washington, and worked for 10 years as an assessment scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle, Washington, becoming involved with the assessment of several other data-rich, industrial fisheries in addition to Pacific halibut.
After returning to Argentina in 2000 to become a research scientist with CONICET, the Argentine Council for Science and Technology, the scope of her work broadened to include coastal reef and shellfish fisheries. Over recent years she has been involved with spatially explicit management approaches, and with the evaluation of formal and informal rules to regulate fishing access privileges in small-scale fisheries. She currently leads a project aimed at providing technical support for the development of a management plan for a multiple-use coastal marine protected area in Patagonia. The project integrates data from several sources to map the distribution of effort exerted by different fisheries and to overlay that information upon maps of benthic seascapes and critical habitat for vulnerable fish species. Groups of stakeholders involved with fisheries in the region will be identified, and their dependency on the resources extracted will be evaluated.
Parma has always worked at the interfaced between research and management, promoting the implementation of transparent, science-based decision-making processes in fisheries management. She has participated as an independent scientist in many scientific and policy advisory groups, panels and review committees in different countries and international organizations. As a member of the Advisory Panel to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, she was the technical coordinator of the modeling work conducted to design a stock rebuilding strategy, the first of its kind to be adopted by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization.