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Daniel Pauly

Name: Dr Daniel Pauly
Professor, Fisheries Centre & Zoology; Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us
MSc (1974); PhD (1979); Habilitation (1985) in Fisheries Biology and Biological Oceanography (University of Kiel, Germany)

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UBC Fisheries Centre Director, November 2003 - October 2008 Dr. Daniel Pauly is a French citizen who completed his high school and university studies in Germany; his doctorate (1979) and habilitation (1985) are in Fisheries Biology, from the University of Kiel. After many years at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), in Manila, Philippines, Daniel Pauly became in 1994 Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, of which he was the Director for 5 years (Nov. ’03-Oct. ’08). Since 1999, he is also Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project (see, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, 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 has supervised a large number of Master and PhD students in the Philippines, Germany and British Columbia. Details on the projects of his current students can be obtained here. The concepts, methods and software which Daniel Pauly (co-)developed, documented in over 500 scientific and general-interest publications, are used throughout the world, not least as a result of his teaching a multitude of courses, and supervising students in four languages on five continents. This applies especially to the Ecopath modeling approach and software ( and FishBase, the online encyclopedia of fishes (, the latter recently complemented by SeaLifeBase (

This work is recognized in various profiles, notably Science (Apr. ’02); Nature (Jan. ’03); New York Times (Jan. ’03), in developing countries, and by numerous awards, among them honorary doctorates from four universities, being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science; ‘03); and receiving the Award of Excellence of the American Fisheries Society (‘04); the International Cosmos Prize, Japan (‘05), the Volvo Environmental Prize, Sweden (‘06), the Excellence in Ecology Prize, Germany (‘07)and the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology, Spain (‘08).     


Profiles of Daniel Pauly
Scientific American: "50 for 2003" - on Page 59
Profile in Science Magazine Trek article: "Pauly's Disappearing Fish" - on Page 7
New York Times article: "Iconoclast Looks for Fish and Finds Disaster"
Nature's Lifeline


A full C.V. and an itemized list of publications are available for further details (see below). Dr. Pauly has authored or co-authored over 500 scientific articles, book chapters and shorter contributions, and authored, or (co-)edited about 30 books and reports. Presentation by Dr. Pauly on TED The Ocean's Shifting Baseline (February 2012) 


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