March 2, 2018: IOF seminar- Science in the service of conservation of Canadian freshwater fish species-at-risk

Science in the service of conservation of Canadian freshwater fish species-at-risk

Friday, March 2, 2018

11:00 am

AERL Theatre (Rm. 120)


Canada has a rich, often under-appreciated, diversity of freshwater fishes. Such diversity is increasingly under threat from myriad and vexing changes to aquatic and surrounding terrestrial habitats. For the protection of biodiversity alone, such problems are much more serious for Canada’s freshwater fishes compared to marine fishes. Prof. Taylor will summarize Canada’s highest-level conservation assessment and protection system (COSEWIC and SARA), warts and all, for freshwater fishes. He will also describe some of the research projects that he has undertaken in aid of conservation assessment in fishes using examples from British Columbia.



Speaker:  Dr. Eric B. (Rick) Taylor

Professor, UBC Department of Zoology

Director and Curator of Fishes, Beaty Biodiversity Museum


Eric Taylor is a professor of Zoology, Director of the Fish Collection and Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. He is interested in the patterns of, and processes promoting, the origins and persistence of biodiversity and the application of such knowledge to conservation, especially in fishes. He graduated with a PhD in Zoology from UBC in 1989, spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University, then 1.5 years as a visiting research fellow at the Pacific Biological Station before retuning to UBC in 1993. Since 2000 he has been involved with, or a member of, COSEWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) and its Chair since 2014. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.



Next week:  New methods for estimating the status of data-poor fisheries, with Dr. Rainer Froese, Senior Scientist, GEOMAR, Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research


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