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Vince Gallucci joins center as new director

Vince Gallucci
Vince Gallucci

February 28, 2013

Vince recently accepted the offer to be director of the Canadian
Studies Center, a truly exciting opportunity. Vince Gallucci has been the Wakefield Professor of Ocean and Fishery Sciences in the College of the Environment, and is an adjunct professor in the Russian and Far East Institute in the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS), both at the University of Washington (UW). He is also the director of the Center for Quantitative Science in the College of the
Enviroment, UW.

His interest in how the Bering Sea ecosystems will respond to global warming includes interest in Arctic ecosystems and foodwebs. His experience also includes years of research on fur seals in the sub-Arctic Pribilof Islands in the North Pacific and in Lake Baikal, Siberia. He has spent significant time on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea (N. Pacific) and the Greenland Channel and Barents Sea (N. Atlantic) all in or adjacent to the Arctic Circle. In recent years, policy-related work with the Russian Foreign Ministry is supplementing his historic work with scientific institutes in the Russian Academy of Science.

In addition, his current interests focus on the Arctic Ocean in both the geopolitical dimensions of international policy issues ranging from sovereignty issues and the Arctic Council to the management of Arctic biological marine resources. Sometimes this focus is on statistical, risk analysis and mathematical modeling, of fish and mammal stock dynamics. Recent papers have focused on resource-based conflict resolution, with significant biological field research. Policy papers have concerned the Law of the Sea and the Arctic Council; analyses of past and looming conflicts in Arctic resources, especially where the Arctic Council may/should be involved. He is also a member of the Arctic Council appointed Arctic Biodiversity Assessment team, and has been a member of the IUCN, Shark Specialists group. He has a history of successful and ongoing working relationshops with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Nanaimo, B.C., and in Halifax. He looks forward to expanding these productive and important relationships to include laboratories and institutes on Québec’s arctic coast line in Nunavik. In fact, collaboration with Candian scientists has resulted in one book, co-edited with Gordon McFarlane and several others on dogfish sharks. There is coauthorship of a DFO technical report on the dogfish commercial fishery around Vancouver Island and there is a current research project on the Canadian share of the international sardine fishery. Dr. McFarlane has also served on several UW Ph.D. supervisory committees of Vince’s students.

His appointment as director of Canadian Studies is perhaps the most exciting professional event in his life in recent years. The Arctic is the last great frontier on earth. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute solutions to the scientific and policy challenges, and their practical implications, for the world. He hopes that his appointment to the Canadian Studies position will allow it to contribute solutions across a spectrum of problems, including more local ones such as border issues between the U.S. and Canada and with other centers elsewhere in the States. He wants to see the Center build alliances with other study programs in JSIS as a foundation for its own expansion, built around the geographic, circumpolar Arctic. You cannot imagine his enthusiasm for continuing to work with Nadine, and others, in JSIS. Wish us luck in the exciting work ahead.

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