Nereus Program Leadership

  • Yoshi Ota, PhD, Anthropology



    Yoshitaka Ota is Director (Policy) of the NF-UBC Nereus Program. He is a Senior Research Associate at the University of British Columbia. His main research is anthropology of fishing, assessing current global outlook of indigenous fishing and coastal food security. He also works on ocean governance and policy, marine spatial planning and knowledge communication.

  • William Cheung, PhD, Ecology



    William Cheung is Director (Science) of the NF-UBC Nereus Program and the Principal Investigator of the UBC Nereus Research group since 2014. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. His main research area is on assessing impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems and their goods and services, and studying ways to reconcile trade-offs in their management.

  • Daniel Pauly, PhD, Fisheries Biology


    Daniel Pauly is the Chair of the Nereus Steering Committee and a member of the Advisory Board. He is Professor at the University of British Columbia and the Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Program. His research focuses on the global impact of fishing on the world’s oceans and he has developed the concept of shifting baseline and fishing down marine food webs.

Nereus Fellows



    Gerald Singh is a Nereus Fellow working with Yoshitaka Ota and Andres Cisneros-Montemayor and collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme. Gerald is characterizing the contribution of a sustainable ocean to achieving broad sustainable development goals. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, Gerald is researching how the SDGs are dependent on achieving sustainable use and management of the ocean.

  • Jessica Spijkers, MSC, Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development


    Jessica Spijkers is a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia). She holds a Master in European Studies and a Master in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development. In her PhD, she seeks to understand where, why and with what social-ecological consequences international conflicts over shared fish stocks occur. She aims to develop scenarios for future conflict under climate scenarios to develop recommendations on how to cope with and adapt to change, how to reduce the risk of conflict, and increase the prospects for sustainable, equitable use of shared marine resources.



    Matilda Petersson has a background in Political Science with a specialization in Environmental Politics. Her PhD project will investigate whether and under which conditions inclusive governance systems can contribute to effective governance of global marine resources. In her previous work, Matilda has explored the diversity and participatory patterns over time among non-state actors in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). Before starting her PhD, Matilda worked as an international consultant for the UNFAO (Fisheries and Aquaculture Department) and did a traineeship at the Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

  • Rachel Seary, MSc, Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems


    Rachel Seary is conducting her PhD research at the University of Cambridge in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Rachel’s research background is in coastal habitats and artisanal fisheries and she has recently completed an MSc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems at the University of St Andrews. As a member of the Nereus Program, Rachel will be working on understanding the role of mangroves in supporting artisanal fisheries and the potential impacts of mangrove loss on global food security and community livelihoods.

  • Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, MSc, Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems


    Guillermo Ortuño Crespo is a Ph.D. student at Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. He recently obtained a M.Sc. degree in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems from the University of St Andrews, where his research was focused on the conservation and management of Thunnus thynnus and the use of genetic tools in fisheries management. His main research interests are in the spatial ecology and conservation of highly migratory, straddling species, which raise fundamental questions about their trans-boundary management, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

  • Natasha Henschke, PhD, Biological Oceanography


    Natasha Henschke’s background is in biological oceanography, with her research focusing on how gelatinous zooplankton communities respond to changing oceanographic conditions. There is concern that as a result of anthropogenic factors our oceans are shifting from a fish-based to a jellyfish-based ecosystem, however recent reviews have failed to reach a consensus on whether gelatinous zooplankton abundances have been increasing worldwide. In her current work at Nereus she aims to investigate this issue by using earth system models developed at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory to examine the distribution and abundance of future gelatinous zooplankton populations under different climate and fishing scenarios.

  • Colleen Petrik, PhD, Biological Oceanography


    Colleen Petrik’s background is in biological oceanography and ecology, quantitatively rooted in mathematics and physics. Petrik’s research focuses on understanding how the physical environment mediates the ecology of zooplankton and commercially harvested fish and invertebrate species and the implications of climate variability and climate change on these relationships. With the Nereus Project Petrik will be studying the effects of behavior and composition of crustacean zooplankton, the addition of fish early life stages, and dynamic coupling between zooplankton and fishes on the future state of global fisheries.

  • Muhammed Oyinlola, MSC, International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology


    Muhammed Oyinlola is presently working on his Ph.D at the University of British Columbia with the Changing Ocean Research Unit and the Nereus Program of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. His studies focus on the implications of climate change and ocean acidification on global seafood production from aquaculture.

  • Richard Caddell, PhD, International Law


    Richard Caddell specialises in the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law, with particular expertise in wildlife management, the conservation of marine biodiversity and Polar law. He has an active interest in the regulation of whaling and marine mammal conservation, fisheries and Arctic issues, as well as human rights concerns. Caddell has advised numerous intergovernmental organisations, national governments and nongovernmental organisations on aspects of international and EU environmental law, the coordination of environmental treaties and the management of the Arctic region.

  • Vicky Lam, PhD, Fisheries Economics


    Vicky Lam is a Fisheries Economist and Senior Research Fellow of the Nereus and Sea Around Us Program at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on global catch reconstruction project.She completed her PhD under the supervision of Rashid Sumaila in Resources Management and Environmental Studies at the Fisheries Centre, UBC in 2013. Lam’s research interests focus on understanding the effect of climate change on the economics of major commercial marine fisheries at the global scale.

  • Daniel Dunn, PhD, Marine Science & Conservation


    2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow (Duke)

    Senior Research Fellow, Nereus Program (Duke)

    Daniel Dunn is a research scientist with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University where he focuses on the conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and dynamic management of marine resources. At heart, this work is driven by an interest in conservation biology grounded in pelagic ecology, biogeography and macroecology. To more directly address these issues at appropriate scales (i.e, meso- to mega- scales) and over their full extent, Dunn works to bring science to bear on marine policy in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

  • Gabriel Reygondeau, PhD, Macroecology & Oceanography


    As a member of the Nereus Program, Gabriel Reygondeau’s research focuses on the thematic of “The effects of climate changes and anthropogenic activities on the biogeography of the global ocean”. His current research interests can be summarized in 3 topics: (1) relations between marine organisms (from plankton to top predator), biodiversity and environmental conditions at the global scale; (2) Identification and monitoring of global marine ecosystems and (3) Evaluation of the impact of anthropogenic pressures on the global marine ecosystems.

  • Maria de Oca, Master, Marine Biodiveristy & Conservation


    Maria de Oca is a James B. Duke Fellow working on her PhD at Duke University. At the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab she is studying the bottom-up regulation of fisheries production.

  • Phil Underwood, PhD, Theoretical Ecology


    Phil Underwood works with the Madingley model to validate its use as a policy informing tool in relation to fisheries and food security. As a member of the Nereus Program, Underwood will be working to better understand the relationship between oceanic ecosystems and human societies. To this end he will improve the ecological realism of the Madingley Model in order to generate future projections of fisheries in a global context.

Principal Investigators

  • Chris McOwen, PhD, Marine Biology

    2011-2014 Senior Research Fellow


    Chris McOwen is a postdoctoral scientist working with the Marine team together with staff in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. He researchers a variety of aspects relating to marine capture fisheries. Specifically, Chris is exploring the drivers of fisheries production, considering a range of ecological, oceanographic and socioeconomic processes, so that future fisheries production can be predicted and marine ecosystems exploited sustainably.

  • Alex Oude Elferink, PhD, Law

    Utrecht University

    Alex Oude Elferink is the Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea. Oude Elferink is an expert on the law of the sea and the polar regions, the outer limits and delimitation of maritime zones, dispute settlement and the regime of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

  • Carl Folke, PhD, Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Management

    Stockholm University

    Carl Folke is Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, one of the collaborating partners of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Folke has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience.

  • Charles Stock, PhD, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering


    Charles Stock is a Research Oceanographer at the NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. His research interests are in marine ecosystem dynamics and physical-biological interactions over a broad range of space and time scales. The objective of his work is the production of quantitative predictions and projections of interactions between climate and marine ecosystems on time-scales ranging from seasons to multiple decades.

  • Erik Molenaar, PhD, Law

    Utrecht University

    Erik Molenaar is Deputy Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) at Utrecht University, with research interests in international fisheries law and the international law relating to the Antarctic and Arctic. Since late 2013 his research has a specific focus on participation, allocation and the ecosystem approach to polar fisheries.

  • Henrik Österblom, PhD, Marine Ecology

    Stockholm University

    Henrik Österblom is Deputy Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre. He holds a position as senior lecturer in environmental sciences with a particular focus on ecosystem-based management of the Baltic Sea. His primary research interests are 1) Social-ecological dynamics of the Baltic Sea, 2) International marine governance and 3) Seabirds and ecosystem change.

  • Jorge Sarmiento, PhD, Geology

    Princeton University

    Jorge Sarmiento is the George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. He has published widely on the oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, on the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation, and on the impact of climate change on ocean biogeochemistry.

  • Mike Bithell, PhD, Astrophysics

    University of Cambridge

    Mike Bithell is an Assistant Director of Research in Computing at the Department of Geography in the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in numerical modelling of spatially distributed systems, including fluid flow, atmospheric physics, climate and its interaction with ecosystems, changes in land use and socio-economic processes.

  • Patrick Halpin, PhD, Environmental Science

    Duke University

    Patrick Halpin is an Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology and Director of the Geospatial Analysis Program at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Marine Lab. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; and marine conservation and ecosystem-based management. Prof. Halpin leads the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and sits on a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees.

  • Tom Spencer, PhD, Geography

    University of Cambridge

    Tom Spencer is Reader in Coastal Ecology and Geomorphology and the Director of Cambridge Coastal Research Unit at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on physical geography at the interface between geomorphology and the geological and biological sciences, with particular reference to coral reefs and associated ecosystems (seagrass, mangroves) and coastal geomorphology.

Program Office

  • Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, PhD, Fisheries Economics


    2014-2016 Senior Research Fellow (UBC)

    Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is a resource economist specializing in applied fisheries management and ecosystem services. His research touches on optimal economic policies, co-management, transboundary fisheries, ecotourism, and small-scale and Indigenous fisheries, always with a view to achieving sustainable resource use in a changing world.

  • Tomoka Sweet, Program Administrator


    Tomoka Sweet received a Bachelor of Law degree from Sophia University in Tokyo. After graduating, she was hired by Reuters as a Product Manager for Reuters News and Financial information products. She later joined Weber Shandwick as a PR Consultant, leading media & communication projects for Japanese and international companies. Since moving to Canada, she has held financial, administration and project management positions.

  • Lindsay Lafreniere, Communications Officer


    Lindsay Lafreniere holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English and a graduate diploma in Journalism. Following grad school, she worked for various media including broadcasting, at the CBC, and in documentary production and magazine publishing. She has also held positions in government communications and corporate online marketing. Before joining Nereus, she was living in Japan working as the Communications and Publications Coordinator for a conference organizer.

  • Patrick Boutet, Assistant Program Manager


    After receiving a diploma in Information Technology and Systems Management, Patrick then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He has worked in the industry as a Sys Admin and Developer, then in research as a Bioinformatician and Molecular Biologist. Now alongside the Nereus Program, he also consults as a Technologist and Full Stack Developer, a volunteer Bioinformatician, and an IT and Data support Analyst.

Advisory Panel

  • Daniel Pauly, PhD, Fisheries Biology


    Daniel Pauly is the Chair of the Nereus Steering Committee and a member of the Advisory Board. He is Professor at the University of British Columbia and the Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Program. His research focuses on the global impact of fishing on the world’s oceans and he has developed the concept of shifting baseline and fishing down marine food webs.

  • Jeffrey Polovina, PhD, Statistics


    Research interests include investigations of: i) migrations and habitats of large pelagic animals including turtles, tunas, whale sharks, and whales with satellite telemetry and remotely-sensed oceanographic data, ii) the impacts of climate variation and climate change on marine fisheries and ecosystems, and iii) advancing our understanding of ecosystem dynamics with satellite remote sensing data, fisheries observer and logbook data, and ecosystem and climate models.

  • Philippe Cury, PhD, Biomathematics

    University of Paris VII-Jussieu

    Philippe Cury is senior scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement). He is the Director of the CRH (Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale) based in Sète France, and of the UMR-EME 212 IRD-Ifremer and University Montpellier 2. He is the scientific coordinator of the Eur-Oceans Consortium that leads research on building scenarios for marine ecosystems at the European level.


  • Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, PhD, Fisheries Economics


    2014-2016 Senior Research Fellow (UBC)

    Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is a resource economist specializing in applied fisheries management and ecosystem services. His research touches on optimal economic policies, co-management, transboundary fisheries, ecotourism, and small-scale and Indigenous fisheries, always with a view to achieving sustainable resource use in a changing world.

  • Wilf Swartz, PhD, Fisheries Economics

    2012-2014 Senior Research Fellow (UBC)

    While most of his past work focused on examining global seafood consumption in the context of fleet expansion and international governance of fisheries subsidies, Wilf Swartz now focuses primarily on seafood supply chain management. Specifically, his current research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in the seafood industry, sustainability standards in aquaculture, and modeling of price-setting mechanisms under perishability constraints (e.g. the fresh fish market in Japan).

  • Chris McOwen, PhD, Marine Biology

    2011-2014 Senior Research Fellow


    Chris McOwen is a postdoctoral scientist working with the Marine team together with staff in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. He researchers a variety of aspects relating to marine capture fisheries. Specifically, Chris is exploring the drivers of fisheries production, considering a range of ecological, oceanographic and socioeconomic processes, so that future fisheries production can be predicted and marine ecosystems exploited sustainably.

  • Andre Boustany, PhD, Zoology

    2011-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Duke)

    Research Associate, Duke University

    Andre Boustany is a research scientist at Duke University where he studies pelagic fish and fisheries with a focus on reducing bycatch and improving fishing efficiency. In addition to his research, Boustany also teaches classes in marine conservation and fisheries ecology and serves as a member of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel and the US ICCAT Advisory Committee, advising NOAA on domestic and international management of pelagic fishes in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Audrey Valls, PhD, Zoology

    2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow (UBC)

    Postdoctoral Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

    Audrey Valls’ doctoral research explored methods for understanding, modeling and predicting feeding relationships between marine species. She proposed a novel index, using a mathematical model to represent food webs and identify ecologically important species. She also looked at how to use knowledge in fish feeding behavior to predict fish diet composition. Her research highlighted the usefulness of digital and open-access information repositories in marine ecology and fisheries science. Audrey is now working on coupled human-nature systems models at the Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling.

  • James Watson, PhD, Marine Sciences

    2012-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton)

    Researcher, Stockholm University

    James Watson’s research aims to improve governance of marine systems and mitigate the impact of these disturbances. His work focuses on understanding crucial feedbacks between physical, ecological and social processes.

  • Kelly Kearney, PhD, Geosciences

    2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow (Princeton)

    Research Scientist, University of Washington-Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)/ NOAA NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center

    Kelly Kearney is a marine scientist whose research focuses on marine (and occasionally coastal) ecosystem dynamics. Specifically, Kearney’s research is focused on developing modeling techniques that bridge the gap between traditional lower trophic level biogeochemical models and upper trophic level fisheries and ecosystem models.

  • Marc Metian, PhD, Oceanography & Marine Environment

    2011-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Stockholm)

    Research Scientist, International Atomic Energy Agency

    Marc Metian has a keen interest in aquaculture globally and future challenges associated with its development, particularly the debate about “competition between feed and food resources”. More specifically, he is looking at links between sustainable use of resources, food security and governance, particularly in light of projected substantial increased demand for seafood due to both population growth and per capita consumption.

  • Miranda Jones, PhD, Fisheries

    2013-2014 Senior Research Fellow (UNEP-WCMC)

    Miranda Jones’s main research explores the impact of climate change on marine fish and invertebrates, applying species distribution models to project species’ range shifts and evaluating their uses and sensitivities within an ensemble model approach. She is also interested in species’ vulnerabilities to climate change, as well as the socio-economic implications of shifts in species’ distributions, using interdisciplinary approaches to assess changes in fishery productivity and profitability.

  • Ryan Rykaczewski, PhD, Biological Oceanography

    2011-2012 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton)

    Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

    Ryan Rykaczewski, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s Marine Science Program and Biological Sciences program, focuses his research on the responses of ecosystem and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and climate change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations, and models. He holds a PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

  • Thomas Froelicher, PhD, Climate & Environmental Physics

    2012-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton)

    Ambizione Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

    Thomas Froelicher’s research involves consideration of models, theory, and observations. He is interested in the present and future climate and carbon cycle interaction from a regional to global scale. His research focuses on the ocean components of the Earth System and its role in nutrient and carbon cycling and ultimately climate. He is also interested in exploring the responses of ecosystems and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and change. Froelicher is now working as a researcher at ETH Zurich.


    2011-2016 Junior Research Fellow (Stockholm)

    Communications Officer – GRAID, Stockholm Resilience Centre

    Andrew completed his PhD thesis titled Global Ocean Futures – Governance of marine fisheries in the Anthropocene. The thesis provides an analysis of how an adaptive governance approach can be applied to address existing and emerging challenges in global governance with a focus on marine, wild-capture fisheries. Andrew is now working on science communications and science-policy work at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His work is in support of the Guidance For Resilience in the Anthropocene – Investments for Development program.

  • Laurens Geffert, PhD, Geography

    2012-2015 Junior Research Fellow (Cambridge/WCMC)

    Laurens Geffert conducted his PhD research at the University of Cambridge in cooperation with UNEP-WCMC. Before his PhD he studied Biology, Geography, Ecology and Conservation at the University of Bonn, Germany. His PhD research focussed on “Improving range map methodologies for marine taxa”. He tested approaches to account for sampling bias in species occurrence records and developed a method to integrate spatially explicit expert knowledge into quantitative machine learning models to more accurately map commercially important marine fish species. Laurens now works as a Data Scientist and uses psychometric data to better understand human behaviour.

  • Lisa Dellmuth, PhD, Political Science

    2014-2016 Senior Research Fellow (Stockholm)

    Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University

    Lisa Dellmuth (F) is a tenured Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Stockholm University. Her research interests include global environmental politics and the legitimacy and effectiveness of international governmental organizations such as the United Nations and its bodies and agencies. Lisa has received several awards for her research and has been a principal and co-investigator for several external grants, funded by donors such as the EU and the Swedish Research Council. Her research is published in leading international journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Review of International Organizations, and European Union Politics.

  • Mathieu Colléter, PhD, Zoology


    2015-2016 Junior Research Fellow (UBC)

    Mathieu Colléter is a fisheries scientist whose research focuses on ecosystem modelling and trophic networks. He is currently a Master’s candidate in Advanced Global Studies, specialized in Environmental Policy, at the Parisian School of International Affairs (SciencesPo Paris). At Nereus, he worked on the production of biomass estimates for the 180,000 ½ degree Sea Around Us cells covering all oceans, from 1950 to 2010, using ecosystem modelling (EcoTroph) and the Sea Around Us’ new spatialized catches. This will be used to model future changes in global biomass and fisheries catch under climate change scenarios.

  • Rebecca Asch, PhD, Biological Oceanography

    2013-2016 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton)

    Assistant Professor of Fisheries Biology, East Carolina University

    Rebecca Asch is a fisheries oceanographer whose research focuses on interactions between fisheries, plankton ecology, and climate. Her research combines fieldwork, time series analysis, and ecosystem modeling, spanning local-to-global and subseasonal-to-centennial scales. Rebecca’s research primarily investigates whether climate change could lead to increased seasonal mismatches between trophic levels. Many fishes spawn synchronously with plankton blooms to maximize food availability for their offspring. Seasonal timing of both fish reproduction and plankton blooms is changing under global warming, but these shifts do not always occur at the same rate. Mismatches between trophic levels can lead to lower recruitment and decreased fisheries productivity.

Research Associates (Honorary)

  • Marjo Vierros, PHD, MARINE BIOLOGY


    Marjo Vierros is the director of Coastal Policy and Humanities Research. She is also a senior associate at the Global Ocean Forum, a past visiting fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, and formerly an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and its Traditional Knowledge Initiative. She has worked for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Environment Programme in the Wider Caribbean Region, and has held research positions at the University of Miami, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She has extensive experience in marine policy, tropical marine ecology and coastal management in the Caribbean, Central America, Bermuda and the Pacific.

  • Suzanne von der Porten, PhD, Environment and Resource Studies


    Dr. Suzanne von der Porten is visiting faculty at Quest University, Canada, and an independent consultant with Indigenous governance and environmental governance clientele. Her postdoctoral research at Simon Fraser University focused on the changing roles of Indigenous coastal nations, governments, and industry in relation to marine conservation. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Sc. and an MBA from the University of Victoria.

  • Tyler Eddy, PhD, Marine Biology


    Tyler Eddy is a research fellow working on the One Ocean Project, which aims to integrate ecological and societal information sources to understand human impacts on the oceans from pre-industrial times to the present day, and to make future projections under different climate change and fishing scenarios. The One Ocean Project will quantify the capacity of, and the human demand on, the oceans throughout time, and will develop a range of indicators to test ecological hypotheses.

  • Malin Pinsky, PhD, Biology

    Rutgers University

    Dr. Pinsky is an ecologist with a strong interest in marine communities and molecular tools. A key goal of his research is to aid in the conservation of marine ecosystems, both by pushing the boundaries of research and through training highly skilled scientists and communicators. His projects have included studies examining adaptation to climate change in temperate marine fish and fisheries, larval dispersal in coral reef fish to inform marine reserve design, and seal population dynamics in response to climate change and hunting.

  • Derek Tittensor, PhD, Biology


    Derek Tittensor is a Senior Marine Biodiversity Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, and Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research examines human impacts on biodiversity in the oceans, large-scale modelling of ecosystems from first principles, and the distribution and biogeography of marine species. His work is a combination of theoretical modelling, statistical analysis, field observation, and experiments.

  • Quentin Hanich, PhD, Fisheries Governance

    University of Wollongong

    Dr. Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, and consults for international organisations and national governments on fisheries governance and marine conservation in the Pacific islands region. He has extensive project management experience in fisheries governance, marine conservation, and fisheries management and development.

  • Jack Kittinger, PhD, Geography

    Conservation International

    John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger is the Director of Conservation International’s Hawai’i program. He has a background as a human geographer and coastal ecologist with broad interests in understanding and advancing solutions to complex problems that face society and the ocean environment. His research explores how social, economic and cultural factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive and govern natural resources, with a particular emphasis on using applied social science to inform environmental management, planning and policy.

  • Rashid Sumaila, PhD, Economics


    Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries.

  • Louisa Wood, PhD, Geography


    Louisa Wood is a Head of Development at the UNEP-WCMC. Wood has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of British Columbia and 9 years of experience working on a variety of marine conservation, fisheries, and marine protected area (MPA) projects, spanning a range of issues including: marine ecology; illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fisheries; capacity building; MPA monitoring, planning, and compliance; and spatial decision support.

  • Colette Wabnitz, PhD, Geography


    Colette Wabnitz is interested in understanding the functioning of ecosystems, how they respond to human pressures and natural forcing, and the design of measures for the sustainable use of their resources and the long term conservation of their services. Her current research focuses on developing global and regional scenarios, models and databases for oceans assessment under global change. Colette obtained her PhD from UBC, was a PostDoc Fellow at UBC and the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Centre in Hawai‛i, then spent 4 years as a Fisheries Scientist for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia.

  • Lydia Teh, PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Studies


    Lydia’s research examines the social, economic, and ecological dynamics of marine fisheries, with a special focus on small-scale fisheries. Her interdisciplinary research cuts across fields from human ecology to biodiversity conservation, and has taken her to work with fishing communities in Sabah, Malaysia and Fiji. Lydia applies empirical methods and modelling approaches in her research, and has published in the topics of fisher behaviour, marine protected area design, coral reef trade, ecotourism, and climate change adaptation.