Faculty and CORU leader

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

Colette-Wabnitz-640x960 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 fishing

Vicky’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 guideline

Research Associates

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

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Tayler Clarke
Expertise: Modeling the effects of warming and deoxygenation on marine ectotherms, species distribution modeling, data deficient fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

Tayler 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 science

Ravi 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.

Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola
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.

Research Assistant

Patricia Angkiriwang

Graduate Students

Juliano Palacios Abrantes
PhD Student
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.

Virginie Bornarel
PhD Student
Project: Trophic amplification under climate change in the Northeast Pacific: Studying through and end-to-end (E2E) modelling approach.
Ambre Soszynski
PhD Student
Project: End-to-end ecological modelling of evolutionary dynamics on the West Coast of Canada under exploitation and climate change

Ambre 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.

Kristen Sora
PhD Student
Guibourd De Luzinais
PhD Student
photo1 Xue Xueying Yin
PhD Student
Project: Coastal ecosystem modelling.
Adepa Annyang
MSc Student
Charity Justrabo
MSc Student


Dr. Travis Tai
Expertise: Socio-economic implications of ocean acidification in Canada.
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).
andre 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, Canada

Expertise: 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_Profile2-632x960 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.