Dr. Robert Stephenson is a research scientist with the St. Andrews Biological Station (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, since 1984), and Visiting Research Professor at the University of New Brunswick (since 2010). From 2010-2016 he was Principal Investigator of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network – an NSERC-funded network that is linking academics, industry and government in collaborative fisheries research across Canada.
Stephenson has worked extensively on the ecology, assessment, and management of Atlantic herring, and more broadly on issues related to fisheries resource evaluation and Fisheries Management Science. Current research interests include fisheries ecology and management, development of integrated coastal zone management, implementation of the ecosystem approach (particularly in fisheries and aquaculture), and development of policies and strategies for sustainability of marine activities (including the integration of ecological, economic, social and institutional aspects of management).
Stephenson is visiting CSIRO for three months as a Distinguished Visitor, and is collaborating with CMS in research related to integrating the four pillars of sustainability in fisheries and integrated coastal management. Stephenson and collaborators have developed a lens for evaluation of Integrated Management that they are applying to several Australian IM case studies.