Ray Hilborn

External Advisory Board Member

Dr. Ray Hilborn is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Washington.  Ray’s research aims to identify how to best manage fisheries to provide sustainable benefits to human society. This work involves: the creation of databases on how fisheries are managed and how their performance is measured; analysis of fisheries data sets to evaluate performance; and for Pacific salmon in Alaska, extensive work in the management process and field work on the biology of the salmon. Ray is also interested in the role of fish in the global food system and the comparative environmental cost of different foods. Long-term efforts in Ray’s laboratory include maintenance of the RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database, which contains data on the biological status and history of 500+ major fish stocks worldwide that constitute about 40% of global catch. Other efforts include a range of projects and data sets on fisheries in different parts of the world. Ray’s lab also maintains a database on environmental impacts of different food production systems and the nutrient content of foods. Ray’s awards include the Volvo Environment Prize, the Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award, the International Fisheries Science Prize, and many others. Ray served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.

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Photo of Ray Hilborn
2011 - 2013
Areas of Expertise
resource management
Research Interests
food production
biodiversity protection
Methods of Expertise
Dynamic modeling
fitting models to data
Bayesian statistics