Ransom A. Myers

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Ransom A. Myers
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Ransom A. Myers
Born June 13, 1952
Lula, Mississippi
Died March 27, 2007
Halifax, NS, Canada
Residence Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American, Flag of Canada.svg Canadian
Fields Biologist
Institutions Dalhousie University
Alma mater Rice University
Dalhousie 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

In the October 2005 issue of Fortune Myers was listed among the world's ten people to watch for "working to develop new and better ways to husband the wealth beneath the sea." [3]

He died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, aged 54, from a brain tumor.

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