The Bevan Series is a popular annual event held one quarter each year, usually in the format of weekly seminars for 10 weeks, and on occasion as a two-day symposium. The series features internationally recognized experts seeking to examine current issues affecting fisheries and marine conservation, representing as many viewpoints as possible, focusing on solutions to pressing problems. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The Bevan Series is generously funded by the Donald E. Bevan Endowed Fund in Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Washington Sea Grant. The Bevan Series was founded by Tanya Bevan as a tribute to her late husband, Don Bevan. Don’s academic career spanned almost 50 years at the University of Washington, during which time he was director of the School of Fisheries and dean of the College of Fisheries. His work focused on the key intersection between science, economics and politics, and he was deeply involved in the enactment and reauthorization of the Magnuson Act, which governs America’s marine fisheries. He worked tirelessly to ensure that fisheries managers, industry and scientists spoke with a unified voice in changing federal regulations, and also helped found what is now the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

The Bevan Series seeks to continue Don Bevan’s legacy.

The 2017 Bevan Series will be held at the University of Washington in the Fishery Sciences Auditorium (FSH 102) every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 during the Winter academic quarter. The address is 1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle, WA 98105 (map).

2017 Bevan Series

 5 Jan       Phillip Levin

Professor in Practice, College of the Environment, U. of Washington and The Nature Conservancy

Precisely Unsustainable: The Failure of Fisheries Science in the Age of Multiple Objectives


12 Jan      Francisco Werner

Director, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA

Data Needs (or Not): A Framework for the Future of Fisheries and Ecosystem Assessment


19 Jan      Geoff Shester

California Campaign Director, Oceana

The Role of Data in Conserving West Coast Marine Ecosystems


26 Jan      Emmett Duffy

Director, Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Smithsonian

Can Data Democracy Save the World? It’s Worth a Try


 2 Feb      Molly Lutcavage

Research Professor, Large Pelagics Research Center, UMass Boston

Tangled up in Atlantic Bluefin:  Data, Science, Values and Outcomes


 9 Feb      Stefan Gelcich

Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Stewardship, Innovation and Scalability in Small-scale Fisheries. Data Insights from Chilean Territorial User Rights


16 Feb      Alistair Hobday

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Fish, Fishers, and Fisheries: Data Needs for a Changing Climate


23 Feb      Natalie Ban

Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

Fisheries Management, Indigenous Rights and the Use of Local and Traditional Knowledge


 2 Mar      Tierney Thys

National Geographic Explorer; Research Associate, CalAcademy

Data, Documentaries and Decision-making


 9 Mar      Christy Pattengill-Semmens

Director of Science, REEF

Deploying the Citizen Army: Building Powerful, Purposeful Datastreams


To find out more about the 2017 Bevan Symposium speakers and their presentation’s focus, please visit the Bevan Speakers page.


2016 Bevan Series – Climate, Ecology and Fisheries for Invertebrates: A Symposium to Honor the Legacy of Jose (Lobo) Orensanz

The 2016 Bevan Series was a 2-day symposium on April 21-22, 2016. The event focused on commercially important marine invertebrate fisheries of the North Pacific region, including: crab, shrimp, oysters, scallops, geoducks. The Symposium was held in memory of the legacy of Jose (Lobo) Orensanz. Speakers from around the country, as well as from far afield, presented on topics ranging from the biology and ecology of invertebrates, to how they are assessed and managed, to how fisheries impact the communities that depend on them.


2015 Bevan Series

The 2015 Bevan Series was organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. Discussions included commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.

Watch 2015’s recorded broadcasts and view past seminars.

For more info, contact: Andre Punt at or 206-221-6319.

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