Dr. Ray Hilborn

Guest Lecturer

Dr. Ray Hilborn

United States

Short Bio

While in Iceland, Hilborn held a series of lectures on status of fish stocks worldwide, fisheries management outcomes, challenges in assessing fish stocks in low information fisheries and the role of MPAs in fisheries management. Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental science, conservation and quantitative population dynamics. He authored several books including “Overfishing: what everyone needs to know” (with Ulrike Hilborn) in 2012, “Quantitative fisheries stock assessment” with Carl Walters in 1992, and “The Ecological Detective: confronting models with data” with Marc Mangel, in 1997 and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles. Ray received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award and the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Ph.D., Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1974
  • B.A., Biology, Grinnell College, 1969