Professor Daniel Pauly
Director, Fisheries Centre
Dr. Pauly obtained his doctorate at Kiel University in Germany in 1979, and spent much of his early career at the Manila-based International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (now the WorldFish Center), developing and disseminating, throughout the tropics, fisheries stock assessment methods and databases suitable for data-sparse, developing-country settings, notably FishBase, the popular online encyclopedia of fishes. He joined UBC's Fisheries Centre as a Professor of Fisheries in 1994, and became its Director in 2003. Since 1999, he has been the Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, devoted to documenting fisheries impacts on marine ecosystems, and to developing and communicating mitigation policies. The concepts, software and methodologies he initiated and disseminated in over 500 contributions to the scientific literature are used throughout the world. Dr. Pauly has earned numerous scientific and conservation awards, notably the International Cosmos Prize from Japan in 2005, and the Volvo Environment Prize, from Sweden, in 2006.