Dr. Nancy Shackell

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Research Scientist

Nancy Shackell (Canada) is a research scientist at Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Throughout her career, she has used ecological theory to understand patterns in harvested fisheries and marine ecosystems. Her research themes include climate change, biodiversity conservation, marine protected areas, and spatial ecology. Nancy was appointed by UN Secretary-General to a team of 15 scientists who will draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. The report will be used for a high-level review of the UN 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to strengthen the science-policy interface, and to provide support to policymakers towards poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Current research and/or projects

Fisheries ecology (applying ecological theory to understand patterns in exploited marine systems) including themes of biodiversity conservation, marine protected area system design, core areas of focal species, trophic balance, ecosystem resilience to climate change, and how such information can be incorporated into an oceans management framework.

Education and awards


  • PhD Biology (1991), Dalhousie
  • BSc Biology (1985), McGill