Faculty and CORU leader

Dr. William Cheung Prof. William W. L. Cheung
Expertise: Global change biology, ecological modelling, conservation biology, fisheries science.William Cheung develops and uses scenarios and models to understand the responses of marine ecosystems and fisheries to global change and explore options for solving sustainability challenges for seafood and marine biodiversity under climate change. His works cut across multiple disciplines, from natural to social sciences, and range from local to global scales. He is actively involved in international initiatives that bridge science and policy including being coordinating lead author/lead author in the assessment reports of the IPCC and IPBES.

Senior Research Associates

Research Associates, Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Grad Students

Dr. Colette Wabnitz
Expertise: understand how socio-ecological systems respond to change, and co-create strategies to optimize resilience that are equitable and sustainable.Areas of practice – with a particular focus on developing economies – include small-scale fisheries; global change; food and nutrition security; ecosystem approaches to policy; illegal fisheries and forced labor; sustainable development; marine genetic resources; ocean finance; ecosystem modelling; and ocean equity. Also holds a Research Associate position at Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions.
Dr. Vicky W.Y. Lam
Expertise: Fisheries economics, climate change, adaptation, fishing effort dynamic, fisheries management, global change, vulnerability assessment, spatial analysis, sustainable development, cost of fishingVicky’s research interests lie in understanding the socio-economic impacts of global change on marine resources, fisheries and human well-beings. She is experienced in studying the socio-ecological vulnerability of coastal countries, communities and fishers to climate change, as well as exploring adaptation options. She is also interested in understanding the spatial dynamic of fishing effort and how the change in fishers’ behaviour would affect the harvest under climate change by using a modeling approach.
Dr. Gabriel Reygondeau

Expertise: Marine biodiversity, biodiversity conservation, biogeography, macroecology oceanography.

Areas of practice: – biogeography and macroecology including identification, characterization and modelling of ocean systems from local to global scales; linkages between physical, biogeochemical ocean conditions and marine biodiversity from plankton to top predator using explorative statistic for big data; quantification of anthropogenic perturbations; and implementation of conservation guidelines.

Current Members

Research Associates, Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Grad Students

Dr. Lydia Teh
Expertise: The human dimensions of marine ecosystems, socio-ecological systems analysis, biodiversity and conservation, with a special focus on small-scale fisheries
Virginie Bornarel
Research Assistant

Areas of expertise: ecological modeling, end-to-end modeling, programming, statistical modeling and analysis, climate change effects on marine ecosystems, simulation of complex systems, fisheries sciences, fisheries biology.

Areas of practice: 1) Using statistical modeling tools to understand the decline in European eel recruitment at the scale of its distribution under global changes; 2) Developing complex end-to-end marine ecosystems models to better understand trophic linkages across trophic levels and the drivers of fish production under climate change.

Projects: 1) Development of quantitative tools and analysis for a better understanding of the decline in Eels; 2) A newly-developed EwE-based end-to-end model for coastal upwelling ecosystems: insights into the drivers of fish production under environmental changes.

Yulia Egorova
Postdoctoral Research FellowExpertise: Marine biodiversity, biodiversity conservation, biogeography, macroecology oceanography, Data Science, Course development, Curriculum Design.
Areas of practice: global biogeography of zooplankton; modeling linkages between physical, biogeochemical ocean conditions and marine biodiversity of plankton; development of interdisciplinary data science courses for medicine and earth and ocean sciences, and incorporating R programming and practical coding skills to address real-world challenges.
Vianney Guibourd de Luzinais
Graduate Student

Studying: Impacts of marine heat waves on the functioning of marine ecosystems on a global scale. Interests: climate change, extreme events, ecosystem modelling

Charity Justrabo
Research Assistant
Julia Mayer
Graduate Research AssistantCurrent project: Kelp seaforestation in British Columbia under climate change.

Expertise: oceanography; climate science; coastal ecosystems

Julia’s research focuses on assessing the vulnerability of British Columbia’s kelp habitat to climatic hazards and predicting where kelp could thrive in the future under various climate conditions along the coastline. She employs predictive models and scenarios for her investigations to enhance the public understanding of how restoring kelp can address critical issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and food security.

Isabella Morgante
Graduate Research Assistant
Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Expertise: Aquaculture science, Food systems modelling, socioeconomic scenarios development.Muhammed’s research aims to understand aquatic food systems potential contribution to future global seafood production, particularly under climate change. He engaged predictive models and scenarios for his research investigations.
Dr. Juliano Palacios Abrantes
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Project: Fish do not need visas: Transboundary fish stocks and their management under climate change

Juliano looks to understand the impacts of climate change on transboundary fish stocks and fisheries (e.g., those that straddle between neighbouring territories) as well as their management, thereby informing international fisheries governance to prepare and respond to climate-driven shifts in species distributions.

Mahynour Saleh
Graduate Research Assistant
Mahynour’s research explores the impacts of climate change on food security and marine biodiversity conservation in the Tla’amin Nation and how nature and bio-cultural climate risk-reduction solutions can help mitigate such effects.
Kristen Sora
Graduate Research AssistantAdaptation of the Beaufort Sea in the Canadian Arctic Under Rapid Environmental Changes
Ambre Soszynski
PhD Student
Project: End-to-end ecological modelling of evolutionary dynamics on the West Coast of Canada under exploitation and climate changeAmbre is interested in the evolutionary dynamics of fish stocks under fishing and climate change, and how they might impact future marine ecosystems and food security for coastal BC communities.


Dr. Travis Tai
Expertise: Socio-economic implications of ocean acidification in Canada.
Patricia Angkiriwang

Research Assistant

Dr. Hubert Du Pontavice
Impacts of fisheries and climate change on the trophic functioning of the world ocean – models and forecast.
Melanie Ang (MSc)
Project: The adaptability of small-scale fisheries to climate change
Dr. Oai Li Chen
Expertise: Drivers of change in the seafood markets and their implications for fisheries sustainability and the well being of fish producers and consumers.
Dr. Gerald Singh
Expertise: Characterizing the contribution of a sustainable ocean to achieving broad Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. André Cisneros-Montemayor
Expertise: Fisheries economics.Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (PhD) is a resource economist specializing in marine systems and cross-scale development policy. He is Deputy Director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program and Research Associate at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Phil Underwood
Expertise: Working with the Madingley model to validate its use as a policy informing tool in relation to fisheries and food security.
Dr. Juan José Alava
Expertise: Effects of contaminants on marine ecosystems and fisheries under global change.
Dr. Tyler Eddy
Fisheries & Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, CanadaExpertise: Integrating ecological and societal information sources to understand human impacts on the oceans.
Dr. Jose Fernandes
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, U.K.
Expertise: Ecological modelling, machine learning.
Dr. Miranda Jones
Current position: Research Associate, The Nature Conservancy, Cambridge, U.K.
Expertise: Species distribution modelling, conservation and marine science, socio-ecological systems.
Lauren Weatherdon
Current position: Program Officer, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, U.K.
Project: Projecting scenarios of climate change impacts to BC First Nations’ relative fisheries catch potential.
Guibourd De Luzinais
PhD Student
Adepa Annyang
MSc Student
Xueying Yin
PhD Student
Project: Coastal ecosystem modelling.
Dr. Tayler Clarke
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Expertise: Modeling the effects of warming and deoxygenation on marine ectotherms, species distribution modeling, data deficient fisheries in the Eastern Tropical PacificTayler Clarke´s main research interests are data deficient fisheries in the tropical Eastern Pacific and how they may be affected by climate change. During her PhD, she focused on the impacts of warming and deoxygenation on marine ectotherms in the region. She is now a postdoctoral researcher, where she is studying the effects of warming and deoxygenation on global coral reef fisheries. Tayler is also further developing the Aerobic Habitat Index and exploring its potential applications to improve our understanding of how warming and deoxygenation may affect marine resources and ecosystems.
Dr. Ravi Maharaj
Expertise: Ecological modelling, tropical coastal ecology, fisheries scienceRavi is interested in the behavior of ecosystems, and how stressors at different levels affect their functions. In his recently completed PhD research, he explored how climate-driven changes in coral community structure may affect their ability to provide habitats for reef fishes. He is currently engaged in research exploring the climate vulnerability of fisheries in tropical developing nations.