Friday, January 19, 2007

Dr. Jeff Hutchings on RAM

George Lilly, Ram Myers, Jeff Hutchings Department of Fisheries & Oceans, St. John’s, Newfoundland
December 1994 Photograph taken in JH’s office, commemorating our receipt of the 1993 Wilfred Templeman Publication Award for: Hutchings, J.A., Myers, R.A., and G.R. Lilly. 1993. Geographic variation in the spawning of Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, in the Northwest Atlantic. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 50: 2457-2467.

"Ram has an uncanny ability to take disparate sets of data and bring it all together to address fundamentally important questions."

"He has highlighted the demise and declines of marine fishes and brought it to the attention of people that previously hadn't been aware of it and that was groundbreaking."

"He's been outspoken within and outside DFO," he said. "I wrote a paper in 1997 and cited a letter of reprimand he had received from his directors at DFO . saying he was not supposed to speak on certain things."

"I think Ram's contribution really will ultimately be his ability to communicate important issues about marine conservation biology to as broad an audiuence as possible. His work absolutely and quite appropriately provokes. We've needed the scientifically driven provocations by Ram to force us to look very carefully at our oceans."

--Dr. Jeff Hutchings, marine biologist, Dalhousie University, published almost 20 papers with Ram. (as quoted in article by ALISON AULD, published in Canada East, Wednesday January 17th, 2007

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