William Cheung

Ph.D., Ecology

Director (Science)

William Cheung is Director (Science) of the NF-UBC Nereus Program and the Principal Investigator of the UBC Nereus Research group since 2014. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. His main research area is on assessing impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems and their goods and services, and studying ways to reconcile trade-offs in their management.


Marques A., Pereira H.M., Krug C., Leadley P.W., Visconti P., Januchowski-Hartley S.R., Krug R.M., Alkemade R., Bellard C., Cheung W.W.L., et al., 2014, A framework to identify enabling and urgent actions for the 2020 Aichi Targets., Biodiversity, Governance, Basic and Applied Ecology, 15, 633-638, DOI 10.1016/j.baae.2014.09.004, link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Singh, G.G., Cheung, W.W.L., 2017, A fuzzy logic expert system for evaluating policy progress towards sustainability goals., Fisheries Management, Ambio, doi: 10.1007/s13280-017-0998-3, link

Tittensor D.P., Walpole M., Hill S.M.L.L., Boyce D.G., Britten G.L., Burgess N.D., Butchart S.H.M., Leadley P.W., Regan E.C., Alkemade R., Baumung R., Bellard C., Bouwman L., Bowles-Newark N.J., Chenery M.A., Cheung W.W.L., Christensen V., Cooper H.D., Crowther A.R., Dixon M.J.R., Galli A., Gaveau V., Gregory R.D., Gutierrez N.L., Hirsch T.L., Höft R., Januchowski-Hartley S.R., Karmann M., Krug C.B., Leverington F.J., Loh J., Lojenga R.K., Malsch K., Marques A., Morgan D.H.W., Mumby P.J., Newbold T., Noonan-Mooney K., Pagad S.N., Parks B.C., Pereira H.M., Robertson T., Rondinini C., Santini L., Scharlemann Schindler S., Sumaila R., Teh L.S.L., van Kolck J., Visconti P., Ye Y., 2014, A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets., Biodiversity, Science, 346, 241-244, DOI 10.1126/science.1257484, link

Tittensor, D.P., Eddy, T.D., Lotze, H.K., Galbraith, E.D., Cheung, W.W.L., Barange, M., Blanchard, J., Bopp, L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Büchner, M., Bulman, C., Carozza, D.A., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Dunne, J.P, Fernandes, J.A., Fulton, E.A., Hobday, A., Huber, V., Jennings, S., Jones, M., Lehodey, P., Link, J.S., Mackinson, S., Maury, O., Niiranen, S., Oliveros-Ramos, R., Roy, T., Schewe, J., Shin, Y.J., Silva, T., Stock, C.A., Steenbeek, J., Underwood, P.J., Volkholz, J., Watson, J., Walker, N.  2018. A protocol for the intercomparison of marine fishery and ecosystem models: Fish-MIP v1.0. Geoscientific Model Development 11: 1421-1442  link

Singh, G. G., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Swartz, W., Cheung, W., Guy, J. A., Kenny, T. A., McOwen, C. J., Asch. R., Geffert, J. L., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sumaila, U. R., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Policy,, link

Miller, D. D., Ota, Y., Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Cheung, W. W. L., 2017, Adaptation strategies to climate change in marine systems, Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.13829, link

Whitney, C. K., Bennett, N. J., Ban, N. C., Allison, E. H., Armitage, D., Blythe, J. L., Burt, J. M., Cheung, W., Finkbeiner, E. M., Kaplan-Hallam, M., Perry, I., Turner, N. J., Yumagulova, L., 2017, Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in coastal social-ecological systems, Ecology and Society, 22(2), 22, link

Cheung W.W.L., Sarmiento J.L., Pauly D., 2013, Approaches to modeling and projecting climate change effects on marine ecosystems and fisheries., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Climate Change, ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 70, 1069-1074

Jones M., C., S., R., Dye J., K., Pinnegar R., Warren T., Froclicher J., Fernandes J., Cheung W.W.L., 2013, Assessing the impacts of climate change on threatened species in the North Sea., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Climate Change, PLoS One, 8

Sumaila, U.R., Tai, T.C., Lam, V.W., Cheung, W.W., Bailey, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Chen, O.L. and Gulati, S.S. (2019). Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and peopleScience advances5(2), p.eaau3855 link

Sumaila R., Cheung W., 2015, Boom or bust: The future of fish in the South China Sea (Report), Fisheries, Economics, Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Food Security, OceanAsia projectlink

Cheung W., Frölicher T., Asch R., Jones M., Pinsky M., Reygondeau G., Rodgers K., Rykaczewski R., Sarmiento J., Stock C., Watson J., 2015, Building confidence in projections of the responses of living marine resources to climate change, Climate Change, Marine Management, ICES Journal of Marine Science, link

Bailey M., Favaro B., Otto S., Charles A., Devillers R., Metaxas A., Tyedmers P., Ban N., Mason T., Hoover C., Duck T., Fanning L., Milley C., Cisneros-Montemayor A., Pauly D., Cheung W., Cullis-Suzuki S., Teh L., U. Sumaila R., 2016, Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science, Fisheries Management, Governance, Policy, Marine Policy, Volume 63, Pages 53–60, link

Sumaila U.R., Cheung W.W.L., 2014, Climate change effects on the economics and management of marine fishes., Fisheries, Economics, Climate Change, Handbook on the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity.

Alava, J.J., Cheung, W.W.L., Ross, P.S., Sumaila, U.R., 2017, Climate change-contaminant interactions in marine food webs: Towards a conceptual framework, Climate Change, Pollution, Bioaccumulation, Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.13667, link

Du J., Cheung W. W. L., Zheng X., Chen B., Liao J., Hu W., 2015, Comparing trophic structure of a subtropical bay as estimated from mass-balance food web model and stable isotope analysis, Marine Ecosystem, Ecological Modelling, Volume 312, 175–181, link

Gattuso J.-P., Magnan A., Billé R., Cheung W. W. L., Howes E. L., Joos F., Allemand D., Bopp L., Cooley S. R., Eakin C. M., Hoegh-Guldberg O., Kelly R. P., Pörtner H.-O., Rogers A. D., Baxter J. M., Laffoley D., Osborn D., Rankovic A., Rochette J., Sumaila U. R., Treyer S., Turley C., 2015, Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios, Marine Ecosystem, Climate Change, Science, Vol. 349 no. 6243, link

Cheung W. W. L., Sumaila U. R., 2015, Economic incentives and overfishing: A bioeconomic vulnerability index, Economics, Fisheries Management, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 530, 223–232, link

Cheung W.W.L., Sumaila R., 2014, “Economic incentives and overfishing: a bioeconomic vulnerability index”., Fisheries, Economics, Marine Ecology Progress Series, DOI 10.3354/meps11135

Daw T., Hicks C., Brown K., Chaigneau T., Januchowski-Hartley F., Cheung W., Rosendo S., Crona B., Coulthard S., Sandbrook C., Perry C., Bandeira S., Muthiga N., Schulte-Herbrüggen B., Bosire J., McClanahan T.., 2016, Elasticity in ecosystem services: exploring the variable relationship between ecosystems and human well-being, Marine Ecosystem, Ecology and Society, Volume 21, No. 2, link

Merino G., Barange M., Fernandes J.A., Mullon C., Cheung W., Trenkel V., Lam V., 2014, Estimating the economic loss of recent North Atlantic fisheries management., Fisheries, Economics, Progress in Oceanography, DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.04.022

Dawa T. M., Coulthard S., Cheung W. W. L., Brown K., Abunge C., Galafassi D., Peterson G. D., McClanahan T. R., Omukoto J. O., Munyi L., 2015, Evaluating taboo trade-offs in ecosystems services and human well-being, Fisheries, Governance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), vol. 112 no. 22, 6949–6954, link

Pauly D., Cheung W.W.L., 2013, Fish have temperature, Marine Ecosystem, Climate Change, More Fish and More: Proceedings of the 11th FishBase Symposium., 11 – 16

Asch, R. G., Cheung, W. W. L., Reygondeau, G., 2017. Future marine ecosystem drivers, biodiversity, and fisheries maximum catch potential in Pacific Island countries and territories under climate change, Fisheries, Biodiversity, Marine Policy,, link

Maureaud, A. Gascual, D., Colléter, M., Palomares, M. L. D., Pontavice, H. D., Pauly, D., Cheung, W. W. L., 2017, Global change in the trophic functioning of marine food webs, PLoS ONE,, link

Oyinlola, M.A., Reygondeau, G., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Troell, M., Cheung, W.W.L., 2018. Global estimation of areas with suitable environmental conditions for mariculture species. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0191086., link

Cheung, W. W. L., Pauly, D., 2016, Global-scale Responses and Vulnerability of Marine Species and Fisheries to Climate Change, Fisheries, Climate Change, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Eddy TD, Cheung WWL, Bruno JF. 2018. Historical baselines of coral cover on tropical reefs as estimated by expert opinion. PeerJ. 6:e4308; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4308 link

Eddy, T.D., Cheung, W.W.L., Bruno, J.F. 2018.  Historical baselines of coral cover on tropical reefs as estimated by expert opinion. PeerJ. 6:e4308; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4308 link

Cheung, W., Pauly, D., 2016, Impacts and effects of ocean warming on marine fishes, Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Marine Habitat, Climate Change, Explaining Ocean Warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences, pages 239-253, link

Bell, J., Cheung, W., De Silva, S., Gasalla, M., Frusher, S., Hobday, A., Lam, V., Lehodey, P., Peci, G., Senina, I., 2016, Impacts and effects of ocean warming on the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to food security, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Food Security, Explaining ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences, Pages 409-437, link

Du J., Cheung W. W. L., Ye G., Zhou Q., Chen B., 2015, Impacts of fishing on the marine mean trophic level in Chinese marine area, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Acta Ecologica Sinica, Volume 35, Issue 4, 83–88, link

Fernandes J., Cheung W.W.L., Jennings S., Frölicher T., Barange M., Grant A., 2013, Integrating trophic interactions into projecting distribution changes in marine fishes and invertebrates., Marine Ecosystem, Global Change Biology, 19, 2596-2607

Leadley P., Proença V., Fernández-Manjarrés J., Pereira H.M., Alkemade R., Biggs R., Bruley E., Cheung W., Cooper D., Figueiredo J., 2014, Interacting Regional-Scale Regime Shifts for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services., Biodiversity, BioScience, 64, 665-679, DOI 0.1093/biosci/biu093, link

McOwen C.J., Cheung W.W.L., Rykaczewski R.R., Watson R.A., Wood J.L., 2014, Is fisheries production within Large Marine Ecosystems determined by bottom-up or top-down forcing?, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Fish and Fisheries, DOI 10.1111/faf.12082

Cheung, W. W. L., Reygondeau, G., Frölicher, T. L., 2016, Large benefits to marine fisheries of meeting the 1.5°C global warming target, Fisheries, Climate Change, Science, 354: 6319, 1591-1594, link

Blanchard, J., Watson, R. A., Fulton, E. A., Cottrell, R. S., Nash, K. L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Büchner, M., Carozza, D. A., Cheung, W. W. L., Elliott, J., Davidson, L. N. K., Dulvy, N. K., Dunne, J. P., Eddy, T. D., Galbraith, E., Lotze, H. K., Maury, O., Müller, C., Tittensor, D. P., Jennings, S., 2017, Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1240-1249, link

Cheung W.W.L., Sumaila U.R., 2013, Managing multiple human stressors in the ocean: A case study in the Pacific Ocean., Fisheries, Economics, Climate Change, Managing Ocean Environments in a Changing Climate: Sustainability and Economic Perspectives.

Lam V.W.Y., Cheung W.W.L., Sumaila U.R., 2014, Marine capture fisheries in the Arctic: winners or losers under climate change and ocean acidification?, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Climate Change, Fish and Fisheries, DOI 10.1111/faf.12106

Peterson G., Kabubo-Mariara J., Crossman N., Rashleigh B., Munoz P., Anticamara J., Mdemu M. V., Ainars A., Cheung W., Vogl A.,, 2016, Modelling consequences of change in biodiversity and ecosystems for nature’s benefits to people, Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Methodological assessment of scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services, pages 199-243, link

Jones M., Cheung W.W.L., 2014, Multi-model ensemble projections of climate change effects on global marine biodiversity., Marine Ecosystem, Climate Change, ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsu172

Weatherdon L., Magnan A., Rogers A., Sumaila R., Cheung W., 2016, Observed and Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture, Coastal Tourism, and Human Health: An Update, Economics, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, Frontiers in Marine Science, Volume 3, link

Cheung et al. (2018) Opportunities for climate-risk reduction through effective fisheries management:

Bennett J. R., Shaw J. D., Terauds A., Smol J. P., Aerts R., Bergstrom D. M., Blais J. M., Cheung W. W. L., Chown S. L., Lea M-A., Nielsen U. N., Pauly D., Reimer K. J., Riddle M. J., Snape I., Stark J. S., Tulloch V. J., Possingham H. P., 2015, Polar lessons learned: long-term management based on shared threats in Arctic and Antarctic environments, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, Polar Regions, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Volume 13, Issue 6, 316–324, link

Booth, S., Cheung, W. W. L., Coombs-Wallace, A. P., Lam, V. W. Y., Zeller, D., Christensen, V., Pauly, D., 2016, Pollutants in the Seas Around Us, Fisheries, Pollution, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Weatherdon L., Ota Y., Jones M., Close D., Cheung W., 2016, Projected Scenarios for Coastal First Nations’ Fisheries Catch Potential under Climate Change: Management Challenges and Opportunities, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Food Security, Climate Change, Indigenous issues, PLoS ONElink

Lam V., Cheung W., Reygondeau G., Sumaila U.R., 2016, Projected change in global fisheries revenues under climate change, Fisheries, Economics, Climate Change, Scientific Reportslink

Cheung W.W.L., Brodeur R.D., Okey T.A., Pauly D., 2014, Projecting future changes in distributions of pelagic fish species of Northeast Pacific shelf seas., Marine Ecosystem, Climate Change, Progress in Oceanography, DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.09.003

Fernandes J., Kay S., Hossain M., Ahmed M., Cheung W., Lazar A., Barange M., 2015, Projecting marine fish production and catch potential in Bangladesh in the 21st century under long-term environmental change and management scenarios, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, ICES Journal of Marine Sciencelink

Mullon C., Steinmetz F., Merino G., Fernandes J., Cheung W., Butenschön M., Barange M., 2016, Quantitative pathways for Northeast Atlantic fisheries based on climate, ecological–economic and governance modelling scenarios, Economics, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, Ecological Modelling, Volume 320, Pages 273–291, link

Stock, C. A., John, J. G., Rykaczewski, R. R., Asch, R. G., Cheung, W. W. L., Dunne, J. P., Friedland, K. D., Lam, V. W. Y., Sarmiento, J. L., Watson, R. A. , 2017, Reconciling fisheries catch and ocean productivity, Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Policy, PNAS, doi:10.1073, link

Queirós A.M., Fernandes J.A., Faulwetter S., Nunes J., Rastrick S.P.S., Mieszkowska N., Artioli Y., Yool A., Calosi P., Arvanitidis C., Findlay H.S., Barange M., Cheung W.W.L., Widdicombe S., 2014, Scaling up experimental ocean acidification and warming research: from individuals to the ecosystem., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Global Change Biology, DOI 10.1111/gcb.12675

Teh, L.S.L., Cheung, W.W.L, Sumaila, U., 2016, Scenarios for investigating the future of Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries under environmental and socioeconomic change, Fisheries Management, Regional Environmental Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1081-5, (In press), link

Cheung W.W.L., Sarmiento J.L., Dunne J., Frölicher T.L., Lam V., Palomares D.M.L., Watson R., Pauly D., 2013, Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 3, 254-258, DOI 10.1038/nclimate1691, link

Cheung W.W.L., Watson R., Pauly D., 2013, Signature of Ocean Warming in Global Fisheries Catch., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Fisheries, Climate Change, Nature, 497, 365-368, DOI 10.1038/nature12156, link

Pinnegar, J., Engelhard, G., Jones, M., Cheung, W., Peck, M., Rjinsdorp, A., Brander, K., 2016, Socio-economic Impacts — Fisheries, Fisheries, Economics, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment, Pages 375-395, link

Ahmed, N., Cheung, W., Thompson, S. Glaser, M., 2017, Solutions to blue carbon emissions: Shrimp cultivation, mangrove deforestation and climate change in coastal Bangladesh, Marine Ecosystem, Aquaculture, Food Security, Marine Policy, 82, 68-75, link

Pauly, D., Cheung, W. W. L., 2017, Sound physiological knowledge and principles in modeling shrinking of fishes under climate change, Global Change Biology, 00, 1–12, link

Frölicher, T.L., Rodgers, K., Stock, C., Cheung, W., 2016, Sources of uncertainties in 21st century projections of potential ocean ecosystem stressors, Oceanography, Climate Change, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Volume 30, link

Cosme, N., Jones, M. C., Cheung, W. W. L., Larsen, H. F., 2016, Spatial differentiation of marine eutrophication damage indicators based on species density, Marine Ecosystem, Impact assessment, Ecological Indicators, ISSN 1470-160X, In review, link

Cheung W., Jones M., Reygondeau G., Stock C., Lam V., Frölicher T., 2016, Structural uncertainty in projecting global fisheries catches under climate change, Fisheries, Climate Change, Ecological Modelling, Volume 325, Pages 57–66, link

Palomares, M. L. D., Cheung, W. W. L., Lam, V. W. Y., Pauly, D., 2016, The Distribution of Exploited Marine Biodiversity, Fisheries, Biodiversity, Transboundary Resources, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries. link

Koubbi, P., Reygondeau, G., De Broyer, C., Constable, A., Cheung, W., 2015, The Southern Ocean, Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ocean and Climate, 2015 – Scientific Notes, Pages 41-50, link

Christensen V., Coll M., Buszowski J., Cheung W., Frölicher T.L., Steenbeek J., Stock C., Watson R., Walters C.J., 2014, The global ocean is an ecosystem: Simulating marine life and fisheries., Marine Ecosystem, Global Ecology and Biogeography

Cisneros-Montemayor A., Cheung W., Bodtker K., Teh L., Steiner N., Bailey M., Hoover C., Sumaila R., 2016, Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps, Oceanography, Fisheries, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Scienceslink

Cheung, W.W.L., Jones, M.C., Lam, V.W.Y., Miller, D.D., Ota, Y., Teh, L.S.L, Sumaila, U.R., 2016, Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply, Food Security, Marine Management, Fish and Fisherieslink

Payne M., Barange M., Cheung W., MacKenzie B., Batchelder H., Cormon X., Eddy T., Fernandes J., Hollowed A., Jones M., Link J., Neubauer P., Ortiz I., Queirós A., Paula J., 2015, Uncertainties in projecting climate-change impacts in marine ecosystems, Marine Ecosystem, Climate Change, ICES Journal of Marine Sciencelink

Jones M.C., Dye S.R., Pinnegar J.K., Warren R., Cheung W.W.L., 2014, Using scenarios to project the changing profitability of fisheries under climate change., Economics, Climate Change, Fish and Fisheries, DOI 10.1111/faf.12081

Sumaila U.R., Lam V., Miller D., Teh L., Watson R., Cheung W., Cote I., Rogers A., Roberts C., Sala E., Pauly D., 2014, Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing., Economics, Fisheries Management, Transboundary Resources, Nature Scientific Report

Crespo, G.O., Dunn, D.C., Reygondeau, G., Boerder, K., Worm, B., Cheung, W., Tittensor, D.P., and Halpin, P.N. (2018). The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet. Science Advances, 4(8), Eaat3681. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat3681 link

William WL Cheung, Vicky WY Lam and Colette CC Wabnitz (2019). Future scenarios and projections for fisheries on the high seas under a changing climate. Changing Oceans Research Unit / International Institute for Environment and Development – Working Paper 2019, 43pp. link

Singh, GG, Hilmi, N, Bernhardt, J, et al. Climate impacts on the ocean are making the Sustainable Development Goals a moving target travelling away from us. People Nat. 2019; 00: 1– 14. link

Marushka, L., Kenny, T.A., Batal, M., Cheung, W.W., Fediuk, K., Golden, C.D., Salomon, A.K., Sadik, T., Weatherdon, L.V. and Chan, H.M., 2019. Potential impacts of climate-related decline of seafood harvest on nutritional status of coastal First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. PloS one, 14(2), p.e0211473 link

Lotze, H., Tittensor, D., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Eddy, T., Cheung, W., Galbraith, E., Barange, M., Barrier, N., Bianchi, D., Blanchard, J.L., Bopp, L., Büchner, M., Bulman, C.M., Carozza, D.A., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Dunne, J.P., Fulton, E.A., Jennings, S., Jones, M.C., Mackinson, S., Maury, O., Niiranen, S., Oliveros-Ramos, R., Roy, T., Fernandez, J.A., Schewe, J., Shin, Y., Silva, T.A.M., Steenbeek, J., Stock, C.A., Verley, P., Volkholz, J., Walker, N.D. and Worm, B. (2019). Global ensemble projections reveal trophic amplification of ocean biomass declines with climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(26), 12907-12912. DOI: /10.1073/pnas.1900194116 link

Talloni-Álvarez, N.E., Sumaila, R., Le Billon, P. & Cheung, W.L. (2019). Climate change impact on Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystem: The current state of knowledge. Marine Policy, 104, 163-176.

Petatán-Ramírez, D., Ojeda-Ruiz, Miguel.Á., Sánchez-Velasco, L., Rivas, D.,Reyes-Bonilla, Hé., Cruz-Piñón, G., Morzaria-Luna, H.N., Cisneros-Montemayor, André.M., Cheung,W., Salvadeo, C., Potential changes in the distribution of suitable habitat for Pacific sardine (Sardinopssagax) under climate change scenarios, Deep-Sea Research Part II (2019), doi: link

Tai, T.C., Steiner, N.S., Hoover, C., Cheung, W.W.L. & Sumaila, U.R. (2019). Evaluating present and future potential of arctic fisheries in Canada. Marine Policy, 108, 103637. link

William Cheung, Director of the Nereus Program (Science), and Gabriel Reygondeau, Nereus Fellow (UBC), are co-authors of a chapter on The Southern Ocean, published in the Ocean and Climate Platform’s Scientific Notes.

“Boom or Bust: The Future of Fish in the South China Sea” has been published by William Cheung, Director of the Nereus Program (Science), and Rashid Sumaila, Research Director of the OceanCanada Partnership (UBC), for the OceanAsia project.

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung has won the Prix d’Excellence Award by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The ??????????Prix d’Excellence is awarded every three years for a high level of achievement in marine sciences work through research, scientific leadership and scientific policy leadership.

September 18, 2017

Nereus Director of Science William-Cheung gave a plenary keynote presentation at the 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, held in Hobart, Australia, on Friday, May 6.

May 30, 2016 | Acidification

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung gave a keynote entitled “Applying macroecology to project future marine ecosystems under climate change” at the British Ecological Society’s Aquatic Macroecology Meeting in London on September 30, 2016.

October 1, 2016 | Climate ChangeEcology

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung participated in a lecture at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Merida, Mexico, from July 25 to 26.

July 28, 2016

Water spills from the edge of a giant, melting iceberg on the cover of the November 2015 issue of Science. The special issue focused on the effects of climate change on our ocean systems, and highlighted research by Dr. William Cheung, an Associate Professor with the Changing Ocean Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, and Director (Science) of the Nereus Program.

More than 10% of the global population could face nutrition deficiencies in the coming decades due to fish catch declines, says a new Nature commentary published today co-authored by Nereus Director of Science William Cheung.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released their Methodological Assessment of Scenarios & Models of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, for which Nereus Director of Science William Cheung was a coordinating lead author, as well as a contributing author for Chapter 5.

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung attended the Scoping Meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways as an invited expert.

September 7, 2016 | Climate Change

Nereus Director (Science) William Cheung was invited as a “resource person” at the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Modelling of Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, in De Bilt, The Netherlands, from January 25 to 27.

February 3, 2016 | Biodiversity

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ‘Final Research Coordination Meeting on Ocean Acidification and the Economic Impact on Fisheries and Coastal Society’ took place from July 18 to 22 in Monaco. The meeting, organized by Nereus Alumni Marc Metian, included Nereus Director of Science William Cheung as an invited expert.

August 6, 2016 | Acidification

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung was a plenary speaker at the ‘International Conference on Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision-Making.’

September 14, 2016 | EcologyBiodiversity

Press Release: Nereus Program members Rashid Sumaila, Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Oai Li Chen, and co-authors published a study in Science Advances today, ‘Climate Target Could Net Additional Billions in Fisheries Revenue’. You can read the press release from UBC and access the article here.

February 27, 2019 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Fisheries Economics Research Unit (UBC) Research Associate Louise Teh, Nereus Director of Science William Cheung, and OceanCanada Director and Nereus Research Associate (Honourary) Rashid Sumaila recently had a paper (“Scenarios for investigating the future of Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries under environmental and socioeconomic change”) published in Regional Environmental Change…

December 16, 2016 | FisheriesLaw and Governance

Spatial differentiation of marine eutrophication damage indicators based on species density” was recently published in Ecological Indicators, co-authored by Nereus Alumnus Miranda Jones (UNEP-WCMC) and Nereus Director of Science William Cheung.

November 4, 2016 | EcologyCoastal

Nereus’s Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor and Oai Li Chen from University of British Columbia (UBC) are all co-authors on an article with Rashid Sumaila recently published in Science Advances, entitled ‘Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and people’. The authors investigated how implementing the Paris Agreement could protect top-revenue generating catch globally, impacting fishers’ revenues, seafood workers’ income and household seafood expenditure.

“Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps” was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, authored by Nereus Fellow Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC), Director of Science William Cheung, and OceanCanada Director Rashid Sumaila (Nereus Honorary Research Associate).

July 8, 2016 | Fisheries

Past Event

13 March 2017 - 15 March 2017

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung (UBC) will be participating in the National Symposium on Climate Change hosted by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) March 13-15 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nereus Steering Committee Chair and Advisory Board Member Daniel Pauly (UBC) will be participating via remote.
Past Event

3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung will be attending the Fisheries Society of the British Isles' (FSBI) 50th Anniversary Symposium from July 3-7, 2017 at the University of Exeter. The 'Understanding Fish Populations'-themed International Symposium will bring a diverse collective of speakers together to discuss fish biology.
Past Event

11 November 2017 - 16 November 2017

From November 11 to 16, 2017, Nereus Program Director of Science William Cheung (UBC) will be attending the FlatFish Symposium in Saint-Malo, France.
Past Event

25 October 2018 - 4 November 2018

Nereus fellow Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center) and Director William Cheung (UBC) will be attending the PICES-2018 Annual Meeting in Yokohama, Japan on October 25th-November 4th, 2018.
Past Event

11 March 2019 - 13 March 2019

Nereus Fellow Tyler Eddy (University of South Carolina), along with Director (Science) William Cheung (University of British Columbia - UBC) and Research Associate Colette Wabnitz (UBC), will be attending the Scenarios Forum 2019 from March 11-13th in Denver, Colorado.
Past Event

25 February 2019 - 26 February 2019

Nereus Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia - UBC) and Director (Science) William Cheung (UBC) will be attending the event 'Towards an inclusive blue economy', hosted by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) on February 25-26th in London, England.
Past Event

15 May 2017 - 19 May 2017

At the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea's 18th meeting in New York, which will be hosted between May 15 and 19, 2017, Nereus Program's Director of Science, William Cheung, will be giving a presentation on the effects of climate change on fisheries.
Past Event

3 December 2018 - 4 December 2018

Nereus Director (Science) William Cheung and Fellow Muhammed Oyinlola have organized a workshop on 'Developing a Future Scenario for Marine Aquaculture' that will be hosted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. There will also be a public discussion on December 4th at 4:00-5:00pm titled 'The Future Seafood Production from Marine Aquaculture under Global Change'.

Nereus alumnus Rebecca Asch (East Carolina University) writes a blog about her upcoming publication in the journal Global Change Biology, which focuses on how climate change is influencing seasonality, thereby creating critical mismatches in the timing between fish spawning and phytoplankton blooms in marine food webs.

Nereus Program Director (Science) William Cheung (University of British Columbia – UBC) and Research Associates Vicky Lam (UBC) and Colette Wabnitz (UBC) recently published the working paper ‘Future scenarios and projections for fisheries on the high seas under a changing climate’. You can read the abstract and access it here.

November 29, 2018 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Nereus director (science) William Cheung (UBC) and research associate Rashid Sumaila (UBC) are co-authors on an article recently published in the journal Marine Policy – ‘Climate change impact on Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystem: The current state of knowledge’. They conducted a literature review to investigate currently known and projected impacts of climate change on Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystem.

Nereus’s Tyler Eddy, William Cheung, Miranda Jones, Derek Tittensor, and Charles Stock are co-authors on a recent article that projects a 5% decline, on average, in global marine biomass for every 1 degree (C) of warming. They did this by combining several different types of models, rather than using a single-model approach.

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) and director (science) William Cheung (UBC) are co-authors on a recent publication that models how changing environmental conditions and climate may influence future Pacific sardine distribution in Northwest Mexico, and what it may mean for marine ecosystems and regional fishers.

Nereus director (science) William Cheung (UBC) and Thomas Frölicher (University of Bern) are co-authors on the newly released Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) Summary for Policymakers (SPM). It was approved and presented at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on September 25, 2019.

Nereus Program director (science) William Cheung and Rashid Sumaila are co-authors on a new paper published in Marine Policy – ‘Evaluating present and future potential of arctic fisheries in Canada’.

November 29, 2018 | FisheriesIndigenous