Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), University of Hong Kong; International Advisory Council Member, UBC Fisheries Centre
BSc Hons & PhD (Manchester)
Yvonne Sadovy was born in London, England, and received her PhD in1986 from the University of Manchester, England. Thesis research, on the reproduction of a tropical reef damselfish, led to a long
association with Puerto Rico, initially in the laboratory of Dr.Doug Shapiro at the University of Puerto Rico and then as the first female Director of the Puerto Rico government's Fishery Research Laboratory. During that period, emphasis of her work shifted from questions of basic behaviour and biology in reef fishes, especially in relation to sex change, to an increasing interest in management andconservation or reef fishes.
In the early 1990s, she discovered that Nassau grouper spawning aggregations were disappearing in parts of the Caribbean leading to a focus on the threat of fishing to reef fishes in relation to their biology, behaviour and to fishing practices. After a short-term Fishery Biologist position with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, Dr. Sadovy took up her current teaching post at the University of Hong Kong in 1993, where she is now a professor. She continues, greatly bolstered by her postgraduate students, to research the biology and fisheries of commercially important reef fishes, recently coauthoring a book on the reef fishes of Hong Kong. Dr. Sadovy is currently working on the impacts of fishing on biologically vulnerable reef fish resources, especially those that aggregate to spawn (www.scrfa.org), by the luxury live reef food fish trade centred in Southeast Asia. She is also involved in IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) work on serranids (groupers) and labrids(wrasses), with a particular focus on developing a sustainable management plan for the threatenedHumphead wrasse, Cheilinusundulatus, on CITES (Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species) Appendix II since 2004.
She is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee (SSC) and co-chairs the SSC Marine Conservation Sub-Committee. She has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific and other articles, ranging from basic reproduction of reef fishes andmariculture issues, to biological responses to fishing, theoretical aspects of fish conservation and management, and popular articles.
Please see Professor Sadovy's homepage for more biographical information and research activities,http://www.biosch.hku.hk/ecology/ys.htm.