Dr. Rashid Sumaila named as 2022 AAAS Fellow

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected Dr. Rashid Sumaila to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honours within the global scientific community.

Dr. Sumaila, University Killam Professor, Professor in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics (Tier 1) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is recognized by AAAS in the section of Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences for ‘distinguished research into how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to ensure that environmental resources are sustainably managed for the benefit of all generations.’

“This is an honour for me, and a recognition of the subfield of ‘deep’ interdisciplinary ocean and fisheries economics—a field that seeks to open up economics a little bit to make it more interdisciplinary, more diverse and more inclusive,” said Dr. Sumaila. “The ocean is present at the local, national and global scales, and to sustain it we need partnerships and the co-creation of ideas, insights from, and actions taken by governments and peoples from all over the world.”

“This is wonderful recognition, and so well deserved,” said Dr. Meigan Aronson, Dean, UBC Science. “Dr. Sumaila has emerged as leading global voice on fisheries bio-economics, and his research has focused attention on subsidies policy, illegal fishing and resource management at all levels of governments around the world.”

“AAAS is excited to announce the newest class of fellows from across the scientific enterprise in a tradition dating back nearly 150 years and to honor their broad range of achievements,” said Dr. Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.

The 2022 class of AAAS Fellows includes 505 scientists, engineers, and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines who are being recognized for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements. AAAS Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers, and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines ranging from research, teaching, and technology, to administration in academia, industry, and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.