John Driscoll

PhD Candidate


I’m a Ph.D. student in Kai Chan’s lab. My research focuses on the relationship between seafood and food security, and more specifically, on the challenges that growing seafood demand pose for marine biodiversity and ecosystem health.

I received my B.A. in biology from the College of Wooster (Ohio), and a Master’s of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax). My master’s thesis research focused on the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate large-scale environmental impacts of the Maine lobster and New England herring fisheries.

Prior to arriving at UBC, I spent 3.5 years as the sustainable fisheries campaign manager for a Canadian environmental organization; in this capacity, I co-negotiated a landmark marine habitat management agreement with the British Columbia groundfish bottom trawl fishery. This effort was recently awarded Vancouver Aquarium’s Murray A. Newman Award for significant achievement in aquatic conservation.

I have conducted a number of fisheries sustainability analyses for the Seafood Watch/SeaChoice programs. In addition, I have approximately 350 days-at-sea experience in fisheries, primarily as a fisheries observer in Alaska and New England and secondarily as a salmon fisherman in Alaska.