Centennial Story 15: Chang-Ik Zhang (PhD, 1987)

Chang-Ik Zhang started his studies at the University of Washington in 1981 and received a PhD in fisheries under Donald Gunderson in 1987. During his UW graduate studies, he received the Ellis Memorial Scholarship and the Anderson Memorial Scholarship. He was on the Dean’s List for 1985–1986 due to his academic achievements at UW. While a graduate student, he worked with classmates, Patrick Sullivan, now a professor at Cornell University, and Anne Hollowed, now at NOAA/Fisheries, writing scientific papers for publication and discussing scientific issues.

Chang Zhang and the President of Korea in 2004 when he was appointed as member of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning
Chang Zhang and the President of Korea in 2004 when he was appointed as member of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning

Dr. Zhang has been a professor at Pukyong National University (PKNU) since 1995 and has been director of the Institute of Fisheries Science at PKNU. He has also taught at several other universities as a special lecturer. Dr. Zhang has served the Korean government as a member of The Presidential Commission on Agriculture, Fishery and Rural Policy and also as a member of The Presidential Commission on Policy Planning.

Since 2005, Dr. Zhang has served as a member of the Marine Stewardship Council’s Technical Advisory Board. He was elected as Fellow of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology in 2005 and as Chair of Fisheries Science Section since 2012. He served as chairman of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) during 2008 and 2009

Dr. Zhang’s fields of interest are fisheries ecology, population and ecosystem dynamics, and fishery assessment and management. He is the author of nine books (1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2010) on fisheries ecology and management, including a recent book, Marine Fisheries Resource Ecology. He has published more than 160 scientific papers and given numerous presentations at scientific conferences, many of them as keynote addresses. He has served on the editorial boards of international journals, including Fisheries Oceanography. He has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Korean Society of Fisheries Resources.

Dr. Zhang was the 1991 winner of the Most Significant Paper Award from the American Fisheries Society and the Best Paper Award from both the Korean Cooperation of Science and Technology in 1993 and the Korean Fisheries Society in 1994. He has received the Service Merit Medal of Honor (2010) of the Republic of Korea. He has also received the Marine Science and Technology Award (2010) from the Korean Corporation of Marine Industry Development.

Dr. Zhang has been deeply involved in the work of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and since 1996 as chairman of the Fishery Science Committee. He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Carrying Capacity Program Implementation Panel; the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) Working Group 105 on The Impact of World Fisheries Harvests on the Stability and Diversity of Marine Ecosystems;  the Living Marine Resources Panel of Global Ocean Observing System of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO; and  the Joint CAgM-JCOMM (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology- Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology) Task Team on Weather, Climate and Fisheries of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and IOC.

Dr. Zhang is planning to retire from PKNU this summer and pursue his “second life”, sometimes visiting his daughter (Haeyoung Zhang, 2008 UW School of Pharmacy graduate, now in PhD program for Pharmacy at UW) in Seattle.

Harong Bay in Vietnam, February 2018


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