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General · 25th January 2019
Al Beattie
On Friday, January 25, QISES is hosting Richard Beamish (Emeritus Scientist from Nanaimo) who will talk on Pacific Salmon, All You Need to Know. The talk will be at the Quadra Community Center at 7PM. Admission by donation. Please attend. His biography follows;
Dr. Richard Beamish, C.M., O.B.C, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C. is an Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. where he served as the Head of the Groundfish Section from 1977-1980 and Director from 1980-1993. He retired in 2011. Dr. Beamish has been honoured with a number of awards including the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and became the first foreign scientist to be an honorary member of the fisheries centre, TINRO in Vladivostok, Russia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of the International Panel on Climate Change. Recently, he received the first award given by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission for significant contributions in scientific research on Pacific salmon, the Wooster award given by PICES for career achievements in fisheries and ocean science and the outstanding achievement award from the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. In 2008, the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia, Poland presented him with the Demel medal for outstanding scientific research. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans awarded him their Prix D’ Excellence and he received the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Vancouver Island University. In 2015, he became a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society and designated as a Legend in Canadian Fisheries Science by the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society. He received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 2017.
His research interests have included the discovery of acid rain in North America, new methods of ageing fish that included the discovery that many species of fish were much older than previously thought and discovery of a new lamprey species. He has authored or co-authored a number of papers on the effects of climate on fish populations and was one of the first scientists to write about climate regimes and regime shifts. He has published over 350 articles and recently was an editor and contributor to the book “The Sea Among Us- The Amazing Strait of Georgia”. The book has been nominated for five awards and won three, including a British Columbia “Book Prize”. In 2016 he co-edited a two volume book on the “Jawless Fishes of the World”. In 2018 he was the Editor and contributor to the 1147 page book “The ocean ecology of Pacific salmon and trout” published by the American Fisheries Society. He is an Editor for the “Transactions of the American Fisheries Society” and a member of the editorial board of “Izvestiya TINRO”.