UBC experts on World Oceans Day

UBC experts are available to comment on various topics on June 8, World Oceans Day.

Pollution, climate change and sustainability

Dr. Juan José Alava (he/him)
Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and principal investigator, Ocean Pollution Research Unit
Email: j.alava@oceans.ubc.ca
Language(s): English, Spanish

  • Microplastic and plastic marine pollution, ocean pollution, pollutants in the marine food web

Dr. William Cheung
Professor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: w.cheung@oceans.ubc.ca
Language(s): English, Cantonese

  • Climate change and the ocean, warming seas, climate change effects on fish

Dr. Andrea Frommel
Assistant Professor, Applied Animal Biology, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture at UBC
Language(s)English, German

  • Interaction between aquaculture and the environment
  • Resiliency of early stages of fish to climate change
  • Climate change impacts on wild commercial fish populations

Dr. Vicky Wing Yee Lam
Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: v.lam@oceans.ubc.ca

Phone: 604–822–1636
Language(s): English

  • Understanding the socio-economic impacts of global change on marine resources, fisheries and human well-being.
  • Fisheries economics, climate change and effects on ocean life, adaptation of fish to climate change, fisheries management, sustainability

*Available June 6 and 7, and June 8 from 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Juliano Palacios-Abrantes
Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: j.palacios@oceans.ubc.ca
Language(s): English, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Management of shared fish stocks under climate change

Dr. Nicola Smith
Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: n.smith@oceans.ubc.ca
Phone: 604–827–5653
Language(s): English

  • Coral reef ecology, marine invasive species, and the response of invasive species to climate change in the ocean

Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila (he/him)
University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Tel: 604-351-7406
Email: r.sumaila@oceans.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Hausa, Norwegian

  • Optimal plastic consumption and use, thoughtful consumption, blue economy, sustainable fisheries economics, ocean conservation

Fisheries and ocean economics

Dr Muhammed A. Oyinlola (he/him)
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Zoology
Email: m.oyinlola@oceans.ubc.ca
Language(s): English

  • Implications of climate change and ocean acidification on global seafood production from aquaculture

*Available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 6 and 7

Dr. Maria Palomares (she/her)
Senior Scientist and Manager of Sea Around Us Research Unit, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: m.palomares@oceans.ubc.ca
Language(s): English, French, Tagalog, Spanish

  • Fisheries science, fish biology, Sea Around Us, FishBase, SeaLifeBase

Dr. Daniel Pauly (he/him)

Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology, and principal investigator, Sea Around Us

Email: d.pauly@oceans.ubc.ca

Language(s): English, French, German, Spanish

  • Global fisheries, marine biology, fisheries management

*Unavailable June 8th 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and June 9 from 1:00 p.m.

Engineering and mining

Dr. John Steen 
Associate Professor, Norman B Keevil School of Mining and Director, Bradshaw Research Initiative for Mining and Minerals
Email: john.steen@ubc.ca

Phone: 604–817–6692
Language(s): English

  • Global demand for metals, including interest in seabed mining