Congratulations to Dr. William Cheung who has won the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award.
Named after the CUFA BC president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, this award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career.
Dr. William Cheung is Associate Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC and the Director (Science) of the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program. His main research areas 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. His works cut across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences, and range from local to global scales.
Commenting on the impact of his work, one of his nominees describes Dr. Cheung as follows:
“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.”
Dr. Cheung will be presented with his award at an Awards Gala dinner on April 12, 2018, in Vancouver.