November 6, 2013
Dr. Ian Perry is a research scientist with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In addition, Dr. Perry is an Adjunct Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, and has taught courses on fisheries oceanography at universities in Canada, Chile, and Portugal.
Dr. Perry holds a B.Sc. from the Department of Zoology, and a PhD from the Departments of Zoology and Oceanography, both from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Perry currently heads the Ecosystem Approaches Program at the Pacific Biological Station, and is one of two co-leads for the DFO Strait of Georgia Ecosystem Research Initiative. His research expertise includes the effects of the environment on finfish and invertebrates; the structure and function of marine ecosystems; ecosystem-based approaches to the management of marine resources; the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes; and scientific leadership of international and inter-governmental programs on marine ecosystems and global change. In addition, he is a former Chair of the international Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) program, the goal of which was to understand how global changes affect the abundance, diversity and productivity of marine populations, and a former Chief Scientist and Chair of the Science Board for the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). He is a past Editor for the scientific journal Fisheries Oceanography, is presently an Associate Editor for the journal Ecology and Society, and is a member of the editorial boards for Fisheries Oceanography and Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. In 2008, Dr. Perry received the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Assistant Deputy Minister’s Distinction Award, as well as the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Prix d’Excellence.