Dr. William Cheung is an Associate Professor and the Director (Science) of the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC. Cheung earned his PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC and an MPhil in Ecology and Biodiversity from the University of Hong Kong. His main research areas address the key challenges in understanding and predicting the responses of marine natural-human systems to global changes. The ultimate goal is to generate cutting-edge ideas and knowledge that advance policy discussions on the sustainability of future marine and coastal ecosystems and communities.
Dr. Cheung is actively involved in international and regional initiatives that bridge science and policy. He was a Lead Author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a Coordinating Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He serves as member of the editorial board of Fish and Fisheries, Fisheries Oceanography and Frontier in Marine Sciences, and as scientific advisors in a number of international organizations including BioDiscovery, IUCN and WWF Canada.