Robert J. Trumble, a native of the United States, graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a B.S. in Oceanography. He then worked for the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office in Washington, DC for six years. He subsequently received a M.S. in Fisheries in 1973, and a Ph. D. in Fisheries in 1979 from the University of Washington. In 1975, he began working for the Washington Department of Fisheries in Seattle, WA, where he planned and directed state-wide management and research for herring and other baitfish species for 10 years. Dr. Trumble moved up the food chain in 1986 when he joined the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle as Senior Biologist. There, he oversees Commission activities related to monitoring and managing bycatch of Pacific halibut in groundfish fisheries, supervises biologists, and helps coordinate biological data for Pacific halibut stock assessment and management. His current research interests involve applying biological and stock assessment data to halibut management, especially reduction of halibut bycatch mortality.
John D. Neilson was born in Scotland in 1953 and immigrated to Canada in 1955. He obtained a B.Sc. (Zoology) at the University of British Columbia in 1975, and a Masters of Natural Resource Management in 1977 from the University of Manitoba. After a short period working in the Eastern Arctic as a fisheries consultant, he completed his academic training in 1983, with a Ph.D. (Biology) from Simon Fraser University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as a research scientist at the Biological Station, St. Andews, New Brunswick, where he has been responsible for stock assessment and research on cod and haddock, and flatfish (including Atlantic halibut). He is currently on a 2-year leave of absence from that position to help establish a program of fish stock assessment and research in the eastern Caribbean. Dr. Neilson is also an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Dr. Neilson's research interests include age and growth investigations, and population dynamics studies in general. In keeping with the theme of the Atlantic Halibut and Pacific Halibut and their North American Fisheries Bulletin, he is also interested in the role of communication among various organizations in furthering fisheries science.
W.R. Bowering has been a research scientist for the past 20 years with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is presently the head of the Flatfish and Deepwater Species Section. Through the Federal Interchange Canada Program, however, he spent 1991-92 as Head of Resource Management and Manager of Resource Development with Fishery Products International, the largest seafood company in Canada. His research interests are mainly biology and stock assessment of North Atlantic flatfish species, particularly Greenland halibut and witch flounder on which he has produced more than 140 research papers. He has represented Canada on a variety of international scientific committees and has been an Associate Editor for several international fisheries journals.
Donald A. McCaughran was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended the University of British Columbia. He received a B.S. and M.S. in zoology in 1959 and 1961, respectively. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and received a Ph.D. in Biometrics in 1969. Dr. McCaughran worked for the Province of British Columbia as a regional wildlife biologist from 1961 to 1965. He was a member of the faculty in the Center for Quantative Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Washington from 1970 to 1977, became the director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in 1978, and currently holds that position.