Evgeny Pakhomov

PhD, Russian Academy of Sciences
Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Dr. Pakhomov a biological oceanographer with a broad range of interests covering topics from species ecology, at the level from zooplankton to fish, to ecosystem structure as well as physical-biological and biochemical coupling. Most of his research has been done in the Southern Ocean. Recently, he has developed interests in stable isotope ecology, in particular in techniques that use compound specific measurements to reconstruct trophic pathways in pelagic ecosystems. During the past several years, he has also been involved in research studying variability and responses of marine ecosystems to climate change using stable isotopes, large-scale and retrospective analyses. His secondary research interests concentrate on projects studying the land-sea interface, particularly how land use and population density in catchments affect the stable isotope ecology of riverine, estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

Primary Recipient Awards

International Research Roundtables, Evgeny Pakhomov, 2016

Evgeny Pakhomov
Anthony Pitcher

The Ethical Challenges of Herring Food Web and Value Chains
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Evgeny Pakhomov, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC; Dr. Tony J. Pitcher, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC; Dr. Mimi E. Lam, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC; Dr. C.W. Matthias Kaiser, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway

Arts-based Initiatives, Evgeny Pakhomov, 2016

Evgeny Pakhomov

Co-PIs: Tony Pitcher (Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology) and Mimi Lam (Research Associate; Policy & Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries)

Herring People (mixed-media art installation, artwork by April White and the “Herring Quest” by Charles Wilkinson).

Herring People will combine art with science to engage and educate people about the issues surrounding the Pacific herring conflict. Original art and video documentaries will showcase the value of herring in Haida Gwaii, both to the local communities and the marine ecosystem.

The art installation will represent the research synthesis of three complimentary projects on herring undertaken by the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, two of which have been funded by the Peter Wall Institute. The installation will be presented at the UBC Alumni Centre in the fall of 2016 in concurrence with a panel discussion that will provide a forum for natural and social scientists, artists and the public to explore the role of herring to marine food webs and the ecological impacts of various herring fisheries management scenarios to the Haida Gwaii marine ecosystem.

Wall Solutions, Evgeny Pakhomov, 2014

Evgeny Pakhomov
Wall Solutions

Collaborative Solutions for Haida Gwaii Herring Fisheries

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Evgeny Pakhomov, Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric Sciences; Dr. Tony J. Pitcher, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC; and Dr. Mimi E. Lam, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC

Partner(s): Mr. Russ Jones, Director, Haida Oceans Technical Team, Council of the Haida Nation

Herring feed fish, birds and whales in marine ecosystems and also support BC commercial roe fisheries, including gillnet, seine, and spawn-on-kelp. Moreover, herring have cultural value for First Nations, particularly traditional spawn-on-kelp for food and trade. Haida Gwaii and Central Coast herring fisheries, closed in major fishing areas since 2005 and 2008, respectively, were re-opened in 2014 by the Minister of Fisheries. Local communities contested this decision, with serious conflict only narrowly averted. Our NSERC Strategic Project preliminary results indicate that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) thresholds to open herring fisheries may be too low to support herring recovery and its provisionary role in marine ecosystems. Partnering with the Council of Haida Nation, we will complement our ecosystem modelling of herring management scenarios with participatory research exploring the integration of Haida values and ethics with scientific principles. This interdisciplinary project will facilitate collaborative governance solutions for Haida Gwaii herring fisheries.

Early Career Scholars, Evgeny Pakhomov, 2005

Evgeny Pakhomov


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