Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British Columbia
Dr. Pearce completed a BSc degree in Biology (University of New Brunswick, 1987) and MSc (Dalhousie University, 1990) and PhD (Université Laval, 1996) degrees in Marine Biology. He spent the next five years (1997–2002) working as a post-doctoral fellow on Grand Manan Island (New Brunswick), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the National Research Council (NRC). He then moved to the west coast of Canada (Nanaimo, British Columbia) to work as a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where he remains today. His field of study is invertebrate aquaculture and his research interests include:
- aquaculture of marine invertebrates including abalone, clams, cockles, oysters, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins;
- integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA);
- invasive tunicates;
- ecosystem and aquaculture interactions;
- ecology of sea urchins and abalone; and
- settlement and metamorphosis of benthic marine invertebrate larvae with special emphasis on biochemical/physical mechanisms of metamorphic induction.
He is an adjunct professor at Vancouver Island University (Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture) and the University of Victoria (Department of Geography) and has supervised numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows over the years. He was President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) in 2006–2007 and is presently a member of both the AAC and the National Shellfisheries Association (NSA).