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John Volpe leads the Seafood Ecology Research Group at the University of Victoria. Trained as a population and molecular ecologist, he and his students use data intensive approaches to undercover linkages between ecological and social sustainability in marine-based food production systems, particularly aquaculture. In addition to the Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) initiative, salmon, sablefish and bivalve aquaculture, aquaculrure-capture fisheries interactions, invasive species and the application of complex systems theory to issues of sustainability are topics of current interest and research.
Dr. Volpe is a native of Toronto and holds a B.Sc.(Hon) and M.Sc. in Molecular Ecology from the University of Guelph, Canada and a PhD. in Population and Invasion Ecology from the University of Victoria, Canada. Following three years as a faculty member in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Dr. Volpe returned to UVic in 2005 when he joined the School of Environmental Studies.