Bruce Gordon Hatcher, B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D. - University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, and Director of the Bras d'Or Institute
Bruce is an ecologist who explores the Island’s marine and estuarine ecosystems and applies the resulting knowledge and skills to ecosystem-based management in the Bras d’Or Biosphere, Sydney Harbour and the Atlantic coastal zone. Educated as a benthic ecologist and oceanographer in Australia, Canada and the United States, he has 32 years post-doctoral experience in marine science and as a leader of a wide variety of grant and contract-funded research and development projects world wide. His primary expertise lies in the application of ecological theory, empirical analyses and quantitative methods to the better understanding and prediction of marine ecosystem function. He uses synoptic ecological tools (remote sensing, numerical modeling & GIS) for the analysis of ecological connectivity and management decision support in coastal ecosystems.
Bruce builds capacity for research and development in universities and the public and private sectors. He has trained 80 graduate students at 5 Universities in 4 countries, and continues to help young scholars and practitioners make an impact. He has published more than 86 peer-reviewed scientific papers and prepared in excess of 72 technical reports. No “arm-chair ecologist,” Bruce has worked in 25 countries and six seas, logging more than 800 days at sea and 2,000 hours working underwater.