William Cheung

Director and Professor

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Canada Research Chair

Tier 2, Ocean Sustainability and Global Change


Changing Ocean Research Unit (CORU)

Board Member, Sea Around Us

Degrees: BSc (Hons); MPhil; PhD

Contact Information

Email: w.cheung@oceans.ubc.ca
Office phone: 604-827-3756
Websites: Nereus Program, Changing Ocean Research Unit

Research Unit

Changing Oceans Research Unit
Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program

Research Interests

Dr Cheung is a Professor with UBC’s Changing Ocean Research Unit and Director (Science) of the NF-UBC Nereus Program. His main research focus is 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.


Dr. William Cheung is a 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.

William has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in leading international journals. William is also actively involved in international and regional initiatives that bridge science and policy. For instance, he was a Lead Author in the Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Global Biodiversity Outlook. He serves as member of the editorial board of Fish and Fisheries, Fisheries Oceanography and Frontier in Marine Sciences, and as scientific advisors in a number of international and local organizations including BioDiscovery, IUCN and WWF Canada.

William obtained his BSc in Biology and M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong. He worked for WWF Hong Kong for two years, after which he completed his PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at UBC. From 2009 to 2011, he was Lecturer in Marine Ecosystem Services in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.



  • EOSC 478 – Introduction to Fisheries Science
  • SCIE 113 – First-Year Seminar in Science
  • FISH 520 – Fisheries Conservation, Governance, and Evaluation


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