Plenary speakers

The Essential Contribution of Basic Science towards Improved Fishery Management

Louis Bernatchez

Dr. Louis Bernatchez holds the Canada Research Chair in genomics and conservation of aquatic resources at Université Laval in Québec City. He is one of Canada’s foremost evolutionary biologists. He is an elected member of both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received the prestigious Prix du Québec in 2012 in recognition of his work on the genomics of speciation, conservation and management of freshwater fishes. He is also the chief editor of Evolutionary Applications and has published 300+ papers and books. Louis will be talking about the history of application of genetics methods in conservation and management of fishes, with an emphasis on the promises of next-generation high-throughput genomics approaches.

Patterns in riverine fish diversity: a macroecological perspective

Thierry Oberdorffn

Dr. Thierry Oberdorff is Co-Director of BOREA (Biologie des Organismes Aquatiques et Ecosystèmes) housed in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, and a Senior Scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement). Dr. Oberdorff has published on fish assemblage ecology, particularly regional and global patterns in species diversity, and the use of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages to assess lotic ecosystem condition. He was the first to use predictive modeling in developing multimetric indices. Thierry plans to speak about the relative effects of natural patterns and climate change versus land and water use on fish extinction rates.

Leveraging local experience to improve sustainability of global fisheries: it is not about tools but processes

  Ana Parma

Dr. Ana Parma is an expert in fisheries modeling, assessment and management. She earned a PhD in Fisheries in 1989 from the University of Washington, and worked for 10 years as a stock assessment scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle. In 2000 she returned to Argentina, her home country, to become a research scientist with Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research, working at a research center in Patagonia. There, she is involved in advising the government on the management of shellfish and reef fisheries. She has participated as an independent scientist in many scientific and policy advisory groups, panels, and review committees in different countries and international organizations. Ana will be speaking about the importance of process and local stakeholder implication for the success of management and the sustainability of fisheries on local and broad geographical scales, using coastal fisheries as an example.

Systemic Distortion

David Bella

Dr. David Bella is Emeritus Professor of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Trained as a civil engineer, but very much a humanist, his research and publications have included the modeling and behaviors of social institutions and aquatic ecosystems. Dave plans to speak about how systemic distortions of information by the reasonable actions of normal people in organizations can lead to destructive outcomes for the organization and the greater society.