Meet our Team

Assembly Members

Alex Hearn

Vice-President – Dr. Alex Hearn specializes in the study of fish movements with a strong focus on conservation (Ph.D. Marine Biology, International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2001). From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a Project Scientist in the Biotelemetry Laboratory at the University of California Davis, where he tagged and tracked fish to understand a range of issues – from the determination of key spawning areas for the threatened green sturgeon on the Sacramento River to the outmigrating pathways of salmon smolts in relation to dredging activities in San Francisco Bay. His main research interest is connectivity of migratory sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. His relationship with this region began in 2002, when he joined the Charles Darwin Foundation at the Galapagos Islands, as Coordinator of Fisheries Research until 2008. He was initially responsible for research, monitoring and policy advice for the lobster and sea cucumber fisheries at the islands. In 2006, he led the creation of the Shark Research Program in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and the development of a regional network of collaborating researchers, Migramar, in order to elucidate the movement patterns and importance of oceanic islands to populations of threatened hammerhead, silky, tiger and whale sharks, among others. He has collaborated in research cruises at Revillagigedos, Coco and Malpelo islands. His research has been published in several peer reviewed journals, and featured in a number of documentaries, including the recent David Attenborough’s Galapagos in 3D, and the 10-part third season of National Geographic’s Shark Men.