Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9T 6N7
Tel: (250) 756-7029
Fax: (250) 756-7053
Dr. Richard Beamish, O.B.C., C.M., Ph.D., F.R.S., is the Senior Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. Dick Beamish was born in 1942 in Toronto, Canada, and started his career as a fisheries biologist in the 1960s. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1970 and went directly to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Dick Backus. He then worked at the Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg for a few years, ending up at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia in the mid-1970s. He was the Head of the Groundfish Section from 1977-1979 and Director from 1980-1993.
He is an Editor for Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, a member of the Science Panel for the North Pacific Research Board, Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee for the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, an active member of PICES, a member of the Committee for Scientific Cooperation for the Pacific Salmon Commission, the Department’s representative on the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, one of two scientists on the Deputy Ministers’ Science Management Board, a former Canadian Commissioner for the International Pacific Halibut Commission and a Professor at Vancouver Island University.
Dr. Beamish has been honoured with a number of awards including the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recently became the first foreign scientist to be made an honorary member of the fisheries laboratory TINRO in Vladivostok, Russia. He has published over 350 articles with about half in peer reviewed journals.
His research interests have included the discovery of acid rain, age determination and the discovery of the longevity of some of our Pacific fish species, the identification of new lamprey species and the evolutionary relationship between these species, and the effects of climate on fish populations. He was one of the first scientists to write about climate regimes and regime shifts.
Dick is married to Ann and has two daughters, Jennifer and Heather. He is an avid gardener with a large collection of rhododendrons and Japanese maples. As well, he enjoys making chocolates and playing rugby.