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Daniel Pauly


Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Zoology

Faculty of Science

University Killam Professor

Dr. Daniel Pauly, born in Paris and now both French and Canadian citizen, completed his high school and university studies in Germany; his doctorate (1979) in Fisheries Biology, Zoology and Oceanography is from the from the University of Kiel.

After many years at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), in Manila, Philippines, in 1994, Daniel Pauly became Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, of which he was the Director for five years (Nov. ’03-Oct. ’08). Since 1999, he is also Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project (see, initiated and mainly funded mainly by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and devoted to studying, documenting and promoting policies to mitigate the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems (see AMBIO, 34: 290-295, 2007).

Daniel Pauly is also co-founder of FishBase (, the online encyclopedia of fish covering over 30,000 species,  and he contributed to the development of the widely-used Ecopath software for modeling aquatic ecosystems. He is the author or co-author of over 1000 scientific papers, book chapters and other contributions on fish, fisheries and related topics.