Jeffrey A. Hutchings

Evolutionary Ecology & Life History Evolution of Fishes

Research Synopsis

My research focuses on the life history evolution, population dynamics, behavioural ecology, population genetics, and resilience of fishes. Primary study species include Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, and brook trout. From an applied perspective, the work has bearing on complexities related to: sustainable fisheries; species recovery; interactions between farmed and wild fishes; human-induced evolution; and biodiversity.

Academic Synopsis

  • 2016-21: Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chair in Fish, Fisheries and Oceans, Dalhousie University
  • 2018:  Docent Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 2012-17: Killam Professor, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
  • 2010-18: Professor II: CEES, University of Oslo; University of Agder, Norway; Inst. Marine Research, Norway
  • 2004: Professor, Dept Biology, Dalhousie University (initial appointment as Assistant Professor in 1995)
  • 2002-12: Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity, Dalhousie University
  • 1991-94: Postdoctoral Fellow: Edinburgh University (91-92); Fisheries & Oceans Canada, St. John's (93-94)

Recent Honours / Professional Synopsis

  • Fellow, Natural Sciences Division, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters/Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (2018)
  • A.G. Huntsman Medal for Research Excellence in Marine Sciences (2017)
  • Fellow, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada (2015)
  • Member of 8 Editorial Boards (since 1997), including Proceedings B, Evolutionary Applications, FACETS
  • Science Advisory Committee, Council of Canadian Academies (2018-)
  • Marine Advisory Board to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016-)
  • Evolution & Ecology Evaluation Panel, NSERC Canada (2003-2006, 2017-2020)
  • Natural Sciences Expert Panel, Swedish Research Council (2014)
  • President (2012-2013) and Co-Founder, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
  • Chair, Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Sustaining Canadian Marine Biodiversity (2009-13)
  • Chair (2006-10), Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC;
  • Chief Science Advisor, Sustainable Seafood Policies, Loblaw Companies Ltd (2009-present)
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