CORU Director William Cheung has won the Prix d’Excellence Award by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The Prix d’Excellence is awarded every three years for a high level of achievement in marine sciences work through research, scientific leadership and scientific policy leadership.
Cheung’s research is recognized internationally as an important part of the foundation for understanding future impacts of climate change on global marine biodiversity. His works cut across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences, and range from local to global scales. He developed a new modelling approach, the Dynamic Bioclimate Envelope Model, and generated the first series of global maps of changes in species richness of marine fishes and invertebrates because of their range shifts under climate change.