Jeffrey Hutchings

Former Chair of COSEWIC and Faculty of Science Killam Professor, Dalhousie University

Jeffrey Hutchings undertook graduate studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MSc 1985; PhD 1991) after completing a BSc (1980) at University of Toronto. Following postdoctoral research at University of Edinburgh (1991-92) and at Fisheries & Oceans Canada in St. John’s (1992-94), he accepted a faculty position at Dalhousie University in 1995.

After a ten-year term as Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity, he was appointed Faculty of Science Killam Professor in 2012. He is Professor II at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway. Author of almost 200 scientific articles, Dr. Hutchings studies the life-history evolution, population dynamics, and conservation biology of fishes.

He has chaired science committees for Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and served on a natural sciences expert panel for the Swedish Research Council. He is a present and former member of the editorial boards of six scientific journals, former Editor of Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and immediate Past-President of theCanadian Society for Ecology and Evolution.

Dr. Hutchings has served as an advisor and communicator of science in several capacities. He was on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada from 2001 to 2012, serving as committee chair for four years. He was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s(RSC) expert panel that examined genetically modified foods (1999-2001) and he chaired the RSC’s expert panel on sustaining marine biodiversity (2010-2012).

He currently advises Loblaws on its sustainable seafood policy. He has been invited to appear before several Standing Committees of the House of Commons and Senate. He has also been external reviewer for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada.