William Cheung

Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change

Tier 2 - 2018-01-07
Renewed: 2023-04-01
The University of British Columbia
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Studying the capacity of marine ecosystems and fisheries to adapt to climate change and exploring human interventions that boost adaptation.

Research relevance

This research will lead to effective marine adaptation interventions that will benefit ocean management and resource users in Canada and worldwide.

Research summary

Climate change is putting extreme pressure on our natural world, including our oceans and the species that depend on them. As Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change, Dr. William Cheung is looking for answers about how the Earth can sustain life and support human well-being and food security while at the same time advancing climate mitigation and safeguarding biodiversity—or what he calls the “food, climate change and biodiversity nexus.”

He and his research team are combining scenario development, integrated social-ecological modelling, and participatory research to better understand the pathways through which we can achieve sustainable and desirable futures for Earth’s strained global ecosystems. They will deliver the results of this novel, nexus-focused research to national and international forums to inform policies and actions—establishing Canada as a leading knowledge centre for studying solutions to this global challenge.