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Dr. Mimi E. Lam

Mimi E. Lam (m.lam@fisheries.ubc.ca; mimibethlam@gmail.com)  B.Sc. Honours (University of British Columbia)  Ph.D. (Dalhousie University)    

UBC Fisheries Centre, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4    Tel:  (604) 822-3843    Fax:  (604) 822-8934

Dr. Mimi E. Lam is a Research Associate at the UBC Fisheries Centre in the Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries group and an Associate of the UBC Centre for the Study of Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture. Mimi is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, IndiSeas, and Natural History Network. Examining human values, beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviours as they relate to their biophysical and social environmentsMimi studies the dynamic relationships between humans and their environments to inform understanding of both human evolution and today's individual, community, and societal decision-making for a sustainable and just future. Mimi investigates three related interdisciplinary themes: 1. natural resources planning in fisheries, articulating socio-economic and cultural values in marine science, policy, and governance; 2. ecological planning of the coastal human niche, integrating research from evolutionary biology, cultural geography, and ecological economics to promote sustainability; and 3. sustainability policy, incorporating research in planning and the evolution of human cognition and behaviour to investigate the cognitive basis and states of cooperative decision-making.

With a Marine Conservation Initiative grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Mimi recently co-edited a Special Feature for Ecology and Society, entitled The Privilege to Fish. Having collaborated with an interdisciplinary research team investigating how to value the human dimensions of fisheries through a UBC Martha Piper Research Fund grant, she is now extending this to propose new indicators that value the human and ecological dimensions of marine ecosystems. Building on a UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies exploratory grant examining the historical reconstruction of the Salish Sea, Mimi is also investigating possible future sustainability policies capable of restoring resilient marine and coastal ecosystems and adjacent human communities.

Mimi serves on both academic and community organizations, locally and internationally. She is an elected Member-at-Large (2011-2013) on the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Governing Board and is profiled in the ESA Focus on Ecologists series for her efforts to enhance diversity in ecology. She is on the Advisory Councils of the Institute for Environmental Learning, the NSF Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, and e-Learning (CAMEL) project, and Indigenous Education Institute. Active in cultural revitalization initiatives, Mimi has volunteered with both Chinese and indigenous communities as a member of the Vancouver Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association and American Indian and Alaskan Native Climate Change Working Group, has collaborated with the Homalco First Nation, and is currently working on a marine spatial modelling project with the Council of the Haida Nation.


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Publications:

Lam, M. E. and M. E. Calcari Campbell. 2012. The Privilege to Fish, Ecology and Society 17(4):19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-04156-170419.

Lam, M. E. 2012. Of Fish and Fishermen: Shifting Societal Baselines to Reduce Environmental Harm in Fisheries, Ecology and Society 17(4):18, http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05113-170418.

Lam, M. E. and T. J. Pitcher. 2012. The Ethical Dimensions of Fisheries, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4:364-373, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2012.06.008.

Lam, M. E. and T. J. Pitcher. 2012. Fish Commoditization: Sustainability Strategies to Protect Living Fish, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 32(1):31-40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0270467612444583.

Beck, C., K. Klemow, J. Paulson, A. Bernstein, M. Lam, G. Middendorf, J. Reynolds, K. Belanger, C. Cardelus, C. Cid, S. Doshi, N. Gerardo, L. Jablonski, H. Kimmel, M. Lowman, A. Macrae-Crerar, B. Pohlad, J. de Roode, and C. Thomas. 2012. Add Ecology to the Pre-Medical Curriculum, Science, 335:1301-1302.

Lam, M. E. and T. Borch. 2011. Cultural Valuing of Fishery Resources by the Norwegian Saami, Pages 361-376 in: Globalisation and Ecological Integrity in Science and International Law, L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, and C. Soskolne (eds.), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Lam, Mimi E. and Daniel Pauly. 2010. Who is Right to Fish? Evolving a Social Contract for Ethical Fisheries, Ecology and Society 15(3): 16. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art16/.

Pitcher, Tony J. and Mimi E. Lam. 2010. Fishful Thinking:  Rhetoric, Reality and the Sea Before Us, Ecology and Society 15(2): 12. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss2/art12/.

Lam, Mimi E. and Roberto Gonzalez-Plaza. 2006. Evolutionary Universal Aesthetics in Ecological Rationality. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 10:66-71.

Gulam Razul, M. S., E. V. Tam, M. E. Lam, P. Linden, and P. G. Kusalik. 2005. Computer Simulations of Heterogeneous Crystal Growth of Atomic Systems, Molecular Physics 103(14):1929-1943.

Lam, Mimi E., Russell J. Boyd and H. J. Kreuzer. 1996. Mechanism of C2H4 Dehydrogenation to C2H2 on Ni (111). Chemical Physics Letters 253:129-134.

Hensel, Kristine D., Mimi E. Lam, M. C. L. Gerry, and H. Willner. 1992. The Microwave Spectrum of BrNC18O and the Structure of Bromine Isocyanate. Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 151:184-196.

Le Roy, Robert J., Mark R. Davies, and Mimi E. Lam. 1991. Rate Proportional to (Frequency Shift)2 and Other ˝All Else Being Equal˝ Correlations in Vibrational Predissociation. Journal of Physical Chemistry 95:2167-2175.

Lee, Nelson, Mimi E. Lam, B. C. Sanctuary, and Max A. Keniry. 1991. Multipole Theory of Composite Pulses:  II.  Time-Reversal and Offset-Alternating Sequences with Experimental Confirmation. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 92:455-467.

Sanctuary, B. C., Nelson Lee, F. Commodari, G. Campolieti, Mangala S. Krishnan, and Mimi Lam. 1989. Operator Space Quantum Numbers for Spin Systems. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 84:323-332.


Technical Reports:


Lam, Mimi E. and U. Rashid Sumaila. 2008. Socio-economics Discussion Paper:  Proposed revised Multiple Accounts Evaluation Framework emphasizing sociological resilience and community profile indicators, DFO Report.

Guénette, Sylvie, Villy Christensen, Carie Hoover, Mimi E. Lam, David Preikshot, and Daniel Pauly. 2007. A Synthesis of Research Activities at the Fisheries Centre on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Modelling and Assessment with Emphasis on the Northern and Central Coast of BC, Fisheries Centre Research Reports, Vol. 15(1), Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Community Outreach:

Profiled in Two Worlds Working Together:  Forming a Link between Traditional Knowledge and Western Science, by Cassandra Brooks, Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) News, Summer/Fall 2009, Vol. 12(1), pp. 4-7.

Lam, Mimi E. 2008. Valuing Diverse Ways of Knowing, Winds of Change:  American Indian Education & Opportunity, Summer Issue, 23(3):42-46.

Quoted in Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge, by Richard Simonelli, Winds of Change:  American Indian Education & Opportunity, Summer 2008, Vol. 23(3), pp. 18-22.

Profiled in Fostering Connections, by Cassandra Brooks, Winds of Change:  American Indian Education & Opportunity, Autumn 2007, Vol. 22(4), pp. 30-31.

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