Ian Harrison

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Ian Harrison is the coordinator for the US-based activities of the Center's Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners project. He joined the museum in 1997, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ichthyology. He has helped develop scientific educational resources on the World Wide Web for students and educators and has served as an adjunct professor for City University of New York, teaching classes in ichthyology. He contributed to a CBC project investigating extinctions within the last 500 years. Dr. Harrison has conducted scientific research on the taxonomy and biogeography of marine, brackish, and freshwater fishes, including fieldwork in Europe, Central and South America, West Africa, and the Philippines. He has studied aspects of British fisheries history and current fisheries management, while working at a Fisheries Museum on the North Sea coast of England. Dr. Harrison received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Bristol, England, where he studied the implications of small body size on the biology of fishes.

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