University of Crete's Campus - Heraklion

Daniel Pauly receives honorary doctorate from the University of Crete

University of Crete's Campus - Heraklion

University of Crete Heraklion Campus. Image by the University of Crete.


The University of Crete announced that the Sea Around Us principal investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, has been granted an honorary doctorate from the Department of Biology, School of Applied Sciences and Technology.

The ceremony will take place on May 16, 2023, at the Nikos Petridis Amphitheater of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in Heraklion.

This is the eighth honorary doctorate in Dr. Pauly’s +40-year long career. He holds similar titles from two Spanish universities, the University of Cadiz and the University of Alicante; one Portuguese institution, the University of Algarve; one from Wageningen University in the Netherlands; one from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium; one from the University of Montreal in Canada, and one from Greece’s Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Dr. Pauly is one of the most prominent figures in the field of marine research. He has published more than 380 papers in peer-reviewed journals, his work has accumulated 120,000 citations and an h-index of 142 in Google Scholar. Based on quantitative data, he is the most cited scientist in the categories “Marine Ecosystems” and “Fisheries”.

He is the co-founder of FishBase, the largest online fish encyclopedia and database, the creator of important mathematical modelling tools for aquatic ecosystems and the father of key theoretical concepts such as “fishing down the marine food web” and “shifting baselines.”

Dr. Pauly is also the founder and principal investigator of the Sea Around Us initiative.

His work is considered diverse and innovative and has influenced the scientific community around the world, as well as the development of policies for the management of aquatic living resources.