Fonds MS-2-179 - Ransom Myers fonds

Red list assessment of blue shark, Prionace glauca : [draft proposal] The Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) Data Synthesis and prediction of future marine pop... Future of Marine Animal Population Implementation plan : [draft report] The Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) Data synthesis and prediction of future marine pop... The Future of Marine Animal Populations, visions for the integration of models and data : [presen... Declaration of Ransom Myers to Senate Cascading effects of the loss of top predators from the coastal ocean : [annotated draft manuscript] Cascading effects of the loss of top predators from the coastal ocean : [annotated draft manuscript] Cascading effects of the loss of top predators from the coastal ocean : [annotated draft manuscript] Counting sharks and jellies and deepsea corals : [draft manuscript] Direct and indirect fishery effects on small coastal elasmobranchs in the northern Gulf of Mexico... Reviewer comments for the manuscript Flaws and fallacies in the analysis of spatial catch rate data Historical changes in the catchability of pelagic longline fishing gear, or, Evidence of historic... Leatherbacks at high latitudes: when do they migrate south? : [draft manuscript] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [draft manuscript] Hatchery experiments : [draft manuscript] Quantitative analysis of anecdotal data, inferring population trends from sightings data: great w... Protecting endangered whales by better fishery management : [annotated draft manuscript] Protecting endangered whales  by better fishery management : [annotated draft manuscript] Protecting endangered whales by better fishery management : [annotated draft manuscript] Protecting endangered whales by better fishery management : [annotated draft manuscript] Estimating reference fishing mortality rates from noisy spawner-recruit data : [annotated draft m... Reconstructing marine ecosystem dynamics: What the preexploitation pelagic fish communities were ... Reconstructing marine ecosystem dynamics: What the preexploitation pelagic fish communities were ... Completeness of the global census of marine fish diversity : [annotated draft manuscript] Cascading effects of the loss of apex predatory sharks from the coastal ocean : [annotated draft ... Supporting online material for cascading effects of the loss of top predators from the ocean  : [... Extirpation of a major Atlantic bluefin tuna population? : [annotated draft manuscript] Generalized linear models for zero-truncated counts : [draft manuscript] Do habitat models accurately predict the depth distribution of pelagic fishes? : [annotated draft... Untitled : [annotated draft manuscript] Coral reefs and the global network of marine protected areas : [annotated draft manuscript] Determining species richness and endemism upon seamounts by utilising a hierarchical model system... Draft press release for Census of Marine Life coral reef study CoML project milestones section 10 synthesis : [draft report] Review of CeDAMar (The Abyssal Plain) proposal Project milestones Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) : [annotated draft manuscript] Future of Marine Animal Populations : [PowerPoint presentation] Global assessment of pelagic gelatinous zooplankton : [PowerPoint presenation] Review for Sloan Foundation : [draft review] Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) : [annual report] Antropogenic impacts on pacific reef fish communities : [PowerPoint presenation] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [annotated draft manuscript] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [annotated draft manuscript] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [annotated draft manuscript] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [figure] Precipitous declines in Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks : [draft manuscript] Photograph of diver with clipboard underwater Photograph of fish underwater Photograph of diver waving underwater
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Ransom Myers fonds

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  • 1977-2007 (Creation)

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9.2 m of textual records and other materials (54 boxes)

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(1953-2007)

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Dr. Ransom Aldrich Myers Jr., also known as RAM and Randy, son of a cotton planter and one of four children (brother Abbott, sisters Joan and Susan) was born in Lula, Mississippi, on 13 June 1953. He was married to Rita Kindl Myers, with whom he had five children: Emily, Rosemary, Sophia, Carlo and Gioia. Outside his work as a marine biologist and conservationist, Myers was passionate about the arts, especially theatre and opera.

He completed a BA in physics at Rice University in 1974 and worked in Kuwait's oil fields from 1974–1976. In 1977 Myers spent a year traveling through Africa before sailing across the Atlantic on a 8.5-metre sailboat and starting graduate school at Dalhousie, where he earned an MSc in mathematics (1980) and a PhD in biology (1983).

Myers worked as a research scientist for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1989 he joined the Resource Assessment and Survey Methodology Centre of Disciplinary Expertise, a group created to serve as a national resource for government scientists. Following his 1993 publication on the collapse of the Atlantic cod stocks, Myers became one of many scientists to raise public awareness of the government’s suppression of scientific work, and in 1997 was formally reprimanded. Myers then left the DFO to assume the inaugural Dalhousie Killam Chair of Ocean Studies.

Myers co-authored many papers in the late 1990s and early 2000s that influenced public understanding of the ocean’s natural resources, including Myers and Boris Worm’s "Rapid worldwide depletion of predatory fish communities" (Nature, 2003), which brought to light declines in marine fish biodiversity and provided Myers the opportunity to communicate with global decision-makers. He served as a witness at two US Senate Committee hearings on over-fishing and at the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans in 2003 and 2005.

In his work at Dalhousie Myers supervised several Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students and started the Myers Lab, which sought to catalogue and understand changes in marine biodiversity since the advent of industrialized fishing. He and his colleagues collected and compiled global fish population datasets, which they published in an open database, now known as the RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database.

During his career Myers spoke at over 80 conferences and lecture series worldwide and accumulated numerous awards and accolades, including The Wilfred Templeman Publication Award (1994); a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre of Population Biology, Silwood Park, Imperial College (1996); and assignment to the Board of Directors and advisory boards of many organizations, including the International Oceans Institute of Canada, Atlantic Policy Congress, Sierra Club of Canada and International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) Shark Specialist Group. Myers also worked to build the Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP). He was elected to the editorial board of Ecology Letters (2003) and to the board of science experts of the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (2005). Myers worked as a consultant for several projects and litigation proceedings under the incorporated name Ransom A. Myers & Associates Limited Natural Resources Consultants. In October 2005 he was named to Fortune magazine’s "Ten to Watch" list.

The scope of Myers’ research and contributions to science are considerable, focusing on many subjects, most notably life history evolution, oceanography, recruitment variability and population modeling, and conservation biology. By the time of his death he had co-authored over 150 research contributions, not including his work as a consultant, his works in progress, and government research documents. He died from a brain tumor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27 March 2007, aged 54.

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Materials were donated by Ransom Myers’ estate to Dalhousie University Archives in 2008.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining primarily to the professional activities of Ransom Myers and the major organizations and projects with which he was affiliated during his career as Killam Oceans Chair at Dalhousie University; there are also records created during his doctoral studies and his tenure as a research scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The collection includes correspondence, draft manuscripts, offprints, conference and association materials, presentations, course and teaching materials, litigation and consultancy records (including affidavits and invoices), photographs, annotated research materials, press collected about Myers’ work or pertaining to his research, student files, datasets and web content.

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To enhance accessibility, materials were arranged by the processing archivist into subject-based series. Where possible, file titles were transcribed from the original folders or the record’s proper title.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Ransom Myers fonds, MS-2-179, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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