Bruce Hatcher

Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research and Director of the Bras d'Or Institute

Bruce is an ecologist who explores marine and estuarine ecosystems, and applies the resulting knowledge and skills to ecosystem-based management. Educated as a benthic ecologist and oceanographer in Australia, Canada and the United States, he has 37 years post-doctoral experience in marine science, leading 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 and GIS) for the analysis of ecological connectivity and management decision support in coastal ecosystems. Bruce has held the Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research at CBU since 2004, and serves as Director of the Bras d�Or Institute. His research in Cape Breton takes place in the Bras d�Or Lake, the Sydney Harbour and on the Scotian Shelf.


Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Climate Change Adaptation