Ian Perry is a senior research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. His research expertise includes environmental influences on the distributions and recruitment of marine organisms; the structure and function of marine ecosystems; developing ecosystem-based approaches to marine resources management; the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes; and scientific leadership of international and inter-governmental programs on marine ecosystems and global change.

Dr. Perry currently heads the Ecosystem Approaches Program at the Pacific Biological Station, and is one of two co-leads for the DFO Strait of Georgia Ecosystem Research Initiative. He was Chair of the recently completed international Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) program, whose goal was to understand how global change will affect the abundance, diversity and productivity of marine populations. He is also a past Chief Scientist and Chair of the Science Board for the North Pacific Marine Science Organisation (PICES). He is an Adjunct Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, and has taught courses on fisheries oceanography at universities in Canada, Chile, and Portugal. He is a past Editor for the scientific journal Fisheries Oceanography, is presently an Associate Editor for the journal Ecology and Society, and is a member of the Editorial Boards for Fisheries Oceanography and Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.