Dr. Ransom Aldrich Myers Jr. also known as RAM and Randy completed a B.A. in physics at Rice University in Houston in 1974, defended his M.Sc. in mathematics at Dalhousie in 1980 and completed his doctorate degree there in 1983. At the conclusion of his education in 1983, Myers was hired as a research scientist by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in St. John’s Newfoundland. Following a co-authored publication on the collapse of Atlantic cod in 1993, Myers became one of many scientists to raise public awareness of the government’s suppression of scientific work. At this time Myers left DFO, taking appoint as the inaugural Dalhousie Killam Chair of Ocean Studies in 1997 at the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He created an online database that included maps, plots, and numerical data relating to over 600 fish populations (over 100 species) from all over the world that are downloadable for researchers to use. Through his lab website he shared projects and resources that sought to understand of the changes in marine biodiversity since the advent of industrial fishing. Following his death a legacy website was created to continue the work that he started with scientific contributions to the field of ecology. Access to his textual records and digital files is available through Dalhousie University Archives.

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