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Daniel Pauly


Professor, Fisheries Centre
University of British Columbia


Ph.D., University of Kiel
Fisheries Biology, 1979

Research Expertise

Global Fisheries
Ecosystem Modeling
Fishing Down The Food Web
Forage Fisheries
Ecosystem Impacts




Dr. Daniel Pauly has been a Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia since 1994, and is Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, which for the past ten years has been studying the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems. He served as Director of the Fisheries Centre from November 2003 to October 2008. Dr. Pauly is one of the most widely cited fisheries scientists in the world, and his extensive scientific output includes the development of widely used ecosystem modeling approaches and software, an online encyclopedia of fishes, and quantitative analyses and mapping of global fisheries trends. He pioneered the publication and communication of concepts such as "shifting baselines,” a term describing how ecosystem changes or degradations are masked by a failure to reference past ecosystem states, and “fishing down the food web,” which describes how fisheries have sequentially overfished larger, predatory fish forcing shifts to lower trophic level species.

Dr. Pauly has authored over 500 scientific and general-interest publications, and has written or edited almost 100 books and technical reports. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including, most recently, the International Cosmos Prize, the Volvo Environment Prize, the Excellence in Ecology Prize, and the Ramon Margalef Prize from the Government of Catalonia (Spain). Dr. Pauly was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science), and became one of UBC’s ‘Distinguished University Scholars.’


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Recent Selected Publcations

Gerber, L., L. Morissette, K. Kaschner, and D. Pauly. 2009. Should whales be culled to increase fishery yields? Science 323: 880-881.

Alder, J., B. Campbell, V. Karpouzi, K. Kaschner, and D. Pauly. 2008. Forage fish: from Ecosystems to Markets. Annual Reviews in Environment and Resources 33: 153-166 [+ 8 pages of figures].

Guénette, S., V. Christensen, and D. Pauly. 2008. Trophic modelling of the Peruvian upwelling ecosystem: towards reconciliation of multiple datasets. Progress in Oceanography 79: 326-335.

Cheung, W.W.L., C. Close, V. Lam, R. Watson, and D. Pauly. 2008. Application of macroecological theory to predict effects of climate change on global fisheries potential. Marine Ecology Progress Series 365: 187-193.

Jacquet, J. and D. 2008. Pauly. Funding priorities: big barriers to small-scale fisheries. Conservation Biology 22(4): 832-835.

Karpouzi, V.S., R. Watson and D. Pauly. 2007. Modelling and mapping resource overlap between fisheries and seabirds on a global scale: a preliminary assessment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 343: 87-99.

Pauly, D. 2007. The Sea Around Us Project: documenting and communicating global fisheries impacts on marine ecosystems. AMBIO: a Journal of the Human Environment 34(4): 290-295.

Kaschner, K., R. Watson, A.W. Trites, and D. Pauly. 2006. Mapping world-wide distribution of marine mammal species using a Relative Environmental Suitability (RES) model. Marine Ecology Progress Series 316: 285-310.

Libralato, S., V. Christensen, and D. Pauly. 2005. A method for identifying keystone species in food web models. Ecological Modelling 195(3-4): 153-171.

Cury, P.M., L.J. Shannon, J.-P. Roux, G. Daskalov, A. Jarre, C.L. Moloney, and D. Pauly. 2005. Trophodynamic indicators for an ecosystem approach to fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 62: 430-442.

Pauly, D. and M.L. Palomares. 2005. Fishing down marine food webs: it is far more pervasive than we thought. Bulletin of Marine Science 76(2): 197-211.

Vidal-Hernandez, L. and D. Pauly. 2004. Integration of subsystem models as a tool toward describing feeding interactions and fisheries impacts in a Large Marine Ecosystem, the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean and Coastal Management 47: 709-725. [Erratum in 48: 654-655]

Christensen, V. and D. Pauly. 2004. Placing fisheries in their ecosystem context, an introduction. Ecological Modelling 172: 103-107.

Christensen, V., S. Guénette, J.J. Heymans, C.J. Walters, R. Watson, D. Zeller, and D. Pauly. 2003. Hundred year decline of North Atlantic predatory fishes. Fish and Fisheries 4(1): 1-24.

Pauly, D., J. Alder, E. Bennett, V. Christensen, P. Tyedmers, and R. Watson. 2003. The future for fisheries. Science 302: 1359-1361.

Pauly, D., V. Christensen and C. Walters. 2000. Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecospace as tools for evaluating ecosystem impact of fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 57: 697-706.

Pauly, D. Trites, E. Capuli and V. Christensen 1998. Diet composition and trophic levels of marine mammals. ICES Journal of Marine Science 55: 467-481. [Erratum in ICES Journal of Marine Science 55: 1153, 1998]