William Cheung bags Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award

Another prestigious celebration for Q-quatics Board of Trustee member, Dr. Wai Lung “William” Cheung (University of British Columbia), this year’s winner of the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award given by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC).  Dr. Cheung is an Associate Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries – UBC, and the Director of Science of the Nippon Foundation – UBC Nereus Program. His main areas of research include understanding the responses and vulnerabilities of marine ecosystems and fisheries to global change, and examining trade-offs in managing and conserving living marine resources. To date, he has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in leading international journals, and is actively involved in international and regional initiatives that bridge science and policy.

One of the nominees described Dr. Cheung and his work as follows:

“His works cut across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics, and social sciences, and range from local to global scales. “In relation to the specific requirements for this award, William’s research has had a substantial effect outside the academic world. His approach to research and communication throughout his career … influences advice and advisory processes and is accessible to society. As a direct result of William’s work, issues linked to marine climate change are higher on the societal and policy agenda than they would otherwise be…In 2016 alone he published over 21 peer-reviewed articles including research in prestigious publications such as Science and Nature. In addition, William’s work has been covered in 40+ major media outlets and has had a higher profile than any marine work linked to the Paris process. Outside academia, he has also continued to lead and contribute to major international assessments including the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Global Biodiversity.”

The Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award, named after an illustrious CUFA BC president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, is given in recognition of a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research and other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career. This prestigious award will be presented to Dr. Cheung on the 12th of April 2018 at an award gala dinner in Vancouver.

Heartfelt congratulations from your Q-quatics family! May the future bring you many more victories to celebrate.

Read also, “William Cheung wins Academic of the Year Award” by the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries of UBC.

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