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Greening the meeting
We are pleased to announce that the invited speaker for the 2017 meeting is Jon Grant of Dalhousie University. Jon is a pioneer in developing collaborations between research and commercial enterprises consistent with the meeting theme of "Sustainable oceans in theory and practice." His keynote address, "Criteria for sustainability in coastal management: lessons from marine aquaculture," will take place on the morning of Thursday, April 12 during the meeting's opening session.
Jon Grant is the NSERC-Cooke Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture, beginning a multi-year partnership with Cooke Aquaculture, the largest domestic fish farming company in North America. He is a Professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Canada's premiere ocean institution. Trained as a benthic ecologist, he has a BSc from Duke University and PhD from the University of South Carolina. Jon has worked in aquaculture-environment interactions for more than 25 years, and authored well over 130 scientific papers.
Working with both the shellfish and finfish farming industry, Jon has pioneered concepts and tools for assessing carrying capacity in field culture. Ecosystem models have been developed for coastal bays including explicit criteria for sustainability. This work has led to rigorous application of ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning to aquaculture, including incorporation of remote sensing and GIS. With extensive experience in oceanographic instrumentation and environmental assessment, Jon has conducted aquaculture research worldwide. His research involves an intensive field and modelling program as well as collaborations with university, government, and international partners. Jon led the development of the Aquaculture theme in the new Ocean Frontier Institute, the largest marine science initiative in Canadian history.