Fisheries Biologist, Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
Ian Hamilton graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a Master of Science in Ecology. He has spent many years working as a field biologist running marine research stations and managing research programs throughout the Caribbean. His specialty lies in assessing biotic and abiotic habitat quality in marine ecosystems, focusing on predator-prey dynamics and species interaction. Ian has been with the LFFA since September 2018 and has focused the majority of his work at the organization on habitat restoration and long-term solutions to habitat loss. He is leading the work in the Upper Pitt River, in partnership with Katzie First Nation, and also manages the development of the LFFA First Nations lead Habitat Restoration Strategy. His other roles involve bringing together other programs within the organization (Lower Fraser Aboriginal Knowledge project, Climate Adapt and RELAW) and he is working with Tier 3 groups on the investigation and development of alternative Ecological Governance structures lead by the First Nations for the Lower Fraser River. Ian aims to continue developing sustainable restoration programs with Lower Fraser First Nations while integrating conservation-based management actions to improve the health and productivity of all Lower Fraser salmon stocks.