UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4 Tel: (604) 822-6939 Fax: (604) 822-8934
Dr. Mimi E. Lam is a Research Associate at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) within the Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries (PERF) Research Unit and the UBC Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) within the Pakhomov Lab. She is also an Associate of the UBC Centre for the Study of Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology, and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
Applying analytical insights from my research in theoretical chemistry and physics, I study the complex interactions governing the structure and dynamics of coupled human and natural or social-ecological systems. I examine human values, beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviours as they relate to our biophysical and socio-cultural environments, both to gain insights today and of our evolutionary past, but also to inform individual, community, and societal decision-making for a sustainable and just future. I investigate three interdisciplinary and overlapping themes within the human dimensions of fisheries and aquaculture: 1. Seafood ethics and sustainability along the integrated seafood value chain and its relation to food security; 2. Marine policy and governance, particularly analysis of rights and duties from socio-cultural, ethical, and institutional perspectives; and 3. Participatory research and community engagement at the marine science-policy interface using a post-normal science approach to co-develop knowledge, assessment tools, and indicators of seafood ethics and sustainability.
With a Marine Conservation Initiative grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, I co-edited a Special Feature for Ecology and Society, entitled The Privilege to Fish. Collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team to capture the human dimensions of fisheries through a UBC Martha Piper Research Fund grant, I have extended the Rapfish approach to propose a new institutional and revised evaluation fields for the sustainability of fisheries, with indicators to value the human and ecological dimensions of marine ecosystems. I have worked with the Council of the Haida Nation on a marine spatial modelling project of the Haida Gwaii marine ecosystem, which has inspired a Solutions Initiative Project funded by the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) on Collaborative Solutions for Haida Gwaii Herring Fisheries. Adapting an innovative practical ethics approach, I am exploring the values of Haida Gwaii community members in relation to ecological modelling of the Haida Gwaii ecosystem in an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Strategic Partnership Grant and Pacific herring fisheries management scenarios. Supplemental funding was obtained from the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation and the UBC Sustainability Research Collaboration Grant Program. Finally, through an international research roundtable grant, also from the PWIAS, I am organizing a roundtable on The Ethical Challenges of the Herring Food Webs and Value Chains for April 2016.
I serve on both community and academic organizations, locally and internationally, including the Gwaii Haanas Advisory Committee and the Advisory Councils of the Institute for Environmental Learning and the NSF Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, and e-Learning (CAMEL) project. For the Ecological Society of America (ESA), I was an elected Member-at-Large on the Governing Board (2011-2013) and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section Chair (2008-2011) and for my efforts to enhance diversity in ecology, I was profiled in the ESA Focus on Ecologists series. I have been invited to serve on the editorial board of the new international journal on Food Ethics and have recently signed a book contract with Wiley-Blackwell to produce a monograph on Seafood Ethics: Implications for Global Food Security and Sustainability.
Lam, M. E. 2015. Comparing the Ethics and Sustainability of Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (accepted, invited submission to Special Issue of selected papers from the 11th EurSafe Congress).
Lam, M. E. 2015. Aboriginal Freshwater Fisheries as Resilient Social-Ecological Systems, Pages 422-437 in: Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, J. F. Craig (invited chapter for edited volume). Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK.
Lam, M. E. 2015. Reconciling Haida Ethics with Pacific Herring Management, Pages 169-175 in Know Your Food: Food Ethics and Innovation. Proceedings from the 12th EurSafe Congress, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 28 - 30 May 2015. D. E. Dumitras, I. M. Jitea, and S. Aerts (eds). Wageningen Academic Publishers: Wageningen, The Netherlands. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-813-1_25.
Pitcher, T. J. and M. E. Lam. 2015. Fish Commoditization and the Historical Origins of Catching Fish for Profit, Maritime Studies (MAST) 14(1):1-19.
Lam, M. E. 2014. Building Ecoliteracy with Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Do, Listen, and Learn, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(4):250-251 (invited submission to Special Issue: Eco-literacy: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships of Ecologists in the 21st Century).
Lam, M. E. 2013. Comparing the Ethics of Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, Pages 305-312 in The Ethics of Consumption: The Citizen, The Market, and The Law. Proceedings from the 11th EurSafe Congress, Uppsala, Sweden, 11 - 14 September 2013. H. Röcklinsberg and P. Sandin (eds). Wageningen Academic Publishers: The Netherlands.
Pitcher, T. J., M. E. Lam, C. Ainsworth, A. Martindale, K. Nakamura, R. I. Perry, T. Ward. 2013. Improvements to the ‘Rapfish’ Rapid Evaluation Technique for Fisheries: Integrating Ecological and Human Dimensions. Journal of Fish Biology 83(4):865-889 (invited submission to Special Issue: Selected Papers from the Sixth World Fisheries Congress).
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/.
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.
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.
Opinion: Herring fishery needs integrated management plan, The Vancouver Sun, 9 November 2015.
Profiled in ESA Focus on Ecologists, 2009.
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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