Speaker: Dr. Daniel Pauly
Daniel Pauly and his team will showcase their highly acclaimed The Sea Around Us project. This openly available research portal examines the impact of fisheries on marine ecosystems of the world, and offers mitigating solutions to a range of stakeholders through Analyses & Visualizations, articles in peer-reviewed journals and other media (News & About) that is posted on the portal along with other data sources the team has developed. These include Exclusive Economic Zones, Large Marine Ecosystems, the High Seas and other spatial scales, global maps and summaries. Pauly, the 2012 recipient of the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and 2012 winner of UBC’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, will discuss his motivation for opening up access to his research worldwide as represented by such projects as The Sea Around Us.
Daniel Pauly was born in France, raised in Switzerland and studied in Germany. He holds a doctorate in fisheries biology from the University of Kiel. He made his first intercontinental trip in 1971 (from Germany to Ghana for field work for his master’s degree); since then, he has had the privilege of experiencing a multitude of countries, cultures and modes of exploiting aquatic ecosystems. This perspective allowed him to develop tools for managing data-sparse fisheries.In 1994, Pauly became a Professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre, and was its Director from 2003 to 2008. In 1999, he founded a large research project devoted to identifying and quantifying global fisheries trends, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts (it was called The Sea Around Us after Rachel Carson’s 1951 bestselling book). Pauly is also co-founder of Fishbase.org, the online encyclopedia of more than 30,000 fish species, and he has helped develop the widely used Ecopath modelling software. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 scientific and other articles, books and chapters on fish, fisheries and related topics. Two new books will be published in 2010: Five Easy Pieces: Reporting on the Global Impact of Fisheries and Gasping Fish and Panting Squids: Oxygen, Temperature and the Growth of Water-Breathing Animals. In May 2012, Pauly accepted the Nierenberg Prize, given annually by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for outstanding contributions to science in the public interest. He is the Principal Investigator of The Sea Around Us project.