Curiosity Expert: Daniel Pauly
Professor of Fisheries and Zoology, The University of British Columbia
Dr. Daniel Pauly is a French citizen who completed his high school and university studies in Germany; his doctorate (1979) is in Fisheries Biology, 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 a Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, of which he was the Director from 2003 to 2008. Since 1999, he has also been Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, and devoted to studying the impact of fisheries on the world's marine ecosystems.
The concepts, methods and software he (co-)developed, documented in over 500 publications, are used throughout the world, following multiple courses and workshops given in four languages on all five continents. This applies especially to the Ecopath modeling approach and software and FishBase, the online encyclopedia of fishes.
This work is recognized in various profiles, notably Science, April, 2002; Nature, Jan. 2003; New York Times, Jan, 2003, and by numerous awards, notably the International Cosmos Prize, Japan (2005), the Volvo Environmental Prize, Sweden (2006) and the Excellence in Ecology Prize, Germany (2007).