Ransom A. Myers
|Ransom A. Myers|
Ransom A. Myers
|Born||June 13, 1952
|Died||March 27, 2007
Halifax, NS, Canada
|Alma mater||Rice University
Ransom Aldrich "Ram" Myers, Jr. (13 June 1952 – 27 March 2007) was a world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist.
He was the son of cotton planter, Ransom Aldrich Myers, Sr. and Fay A. Mitchell Myers. At age 16, in 1968, Myers won an international science fair for building an "X-ray crystallograph" which measured the symmetry of atoms.
Myers graduated with a B.Sc. in physics from Rice University in 1974 followed by an M.Sc. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University. Before joining the faculty of Dalhousie University in 1997 as the first Killam Chair in Ocean Studies, he was a research scientist at the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Myers was best known for his passionate warnings on the worldwide overfishing of the fish stocks in the oceans, in particular, the Atlantic cod and Southern bluefin tuna. As a member of the IUCN shark specialist group, he collected data about the decline of shark populations and directed the focus of the media to threatened shark species. One of Myers' most important areas of research was stock recruitment: collection and analysis of data and the subsequent development of models to predict the survival rate for fish larvae.
- Ransom Myers legacy site
- Dalhousie University: In memoriam
- The Chronicle-Herald: Obituary
- The Chronicle-Herald: Ransom A. Myers and the uses of fame
- The Guardian: Marine Scientist Ransom Myers Dies
- The New York Times: Ransom A. Myers, 54, Dies; Expert on Loss of Fish Stocks