Jeffrey A. Hutchings

evolutionary ecology &
conservation biology
of fishes

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Hutchings

Department of Biology
Life Sciences Centre
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2

Tel:   +1 902 494 2687

Fax:  +1 902 494 3736


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Academic Synopsis
2016-2021: Killam Chair in Fish, Fisheries and Oceans, Dalhousie University
2012-2017: Killam Professor, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
2015-2016: Professor II, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
2010-2017: Professor II, Centre For Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway
2004: Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
2002: Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation & Biodiversity, Dalhousie University
1995: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
1992-94: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, St. John's, Newfoundland
1991-92: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
1991: PhD (Biology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
1985: MSc (Biology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
1980: BSc (Zoology) University of Toronto

Professional Experience Synopsis
In addition to my responsibilities to undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and the undertaking of basic and applied research, my professional experience and responsibilities have included the following:

2015: Fellow, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada
2015-present: Subject Editor, FACETS
2014: Member, Natural Sciences Expert Panel, Swedish Research Council
2012-2013: President, Canadian Society For Ecology and Evolution (
2012-2013: External Audit Advisor, Office of the Auditor General of Canada
2012: Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
2009-2012: Chair, Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Sustaining Canada's Marine Biodiversity: Responding to the Challenges Posed by Climate Change, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (
2006-2010: Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) (member from 2001-2012) (
2008-2009: Chair, (inaugural) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Selection Committee, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) (
2002-2007: Editor, Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
2005-2006: Co-Chair, Evolution & Ecology Grant Selection Committee, NSERC (member from 2003-2006)
2000-2001: Member, Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Future of Food Biotechnology (
2010-present: Member, Research Advisory Panel, Science Media Centre of Canada (
2009-2015: Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
2008-present: Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Reviews
2007-present: Member, Editorial Board, Evolutionary Applications

Research Synopsis
My research centres on questions pertaining to the life history evolution, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, and conservation biology of marine and anadromous fishes, particularly Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). From an applied perspective, this work has bearing on questions pertaining to: the collapse, recovery and sustainable harvesting of marine fishes; interactions between wild and farmed Atlantic salmon; population consequences of fisheries-induced evolution; and the biodiversity of Arctic and sub-Arctic fishes.

Areas of Research
Dalhousie University
Environmental Reviews
Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary Applications 
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Atlantic Salmon spawning Lake Hazen, Ellesmere Island