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Howard Browman

  • Ph.D.
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and Oxford University Press
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Research interests

• Zooplankton and ichthyoplankton behaviour and ecology • Sensory ecology • Host-finding in fish parasites • Effects of ocean acidification on the early life stages of marine organisms • Effects of solar ultraviolet radiation on aquatic organisms and ecos


HOWARD I. BROWMAN Biographical Statement Born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Howard Browman completed a Bachelor of Science degree (major in Marine Biology), and a Masters degree in Biological Oceanography, at McGill University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Limnology from the University of Kansas. He went on to postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Montréal, University of Victoria and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (in Québec) before accepting a position as Principal Research Scientist with the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway (in 1998). Dr. Browman’s professional service and experience includes: Director, Eco-ethics International Union, Germany, Member of the Board of Directors, Eco-ethics International Union-USA, Scientific Director and Vice President, Inter-Research Science Center, Member of the Publications Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Member of the European Commission’s Workshop on the Future of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Co-Founder and Associate Editor-in-Chief, Aquatic Biology, Editor-in-Chief, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Subject Editor, Marine and Coastal Fisheries, Science Editor, Fisheries, Section Editor, PLoS ONE, Staff Member, International Ecology Institute, and President (elected), Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society. He reviews grant proposals for 15 funding agencies in 6 countries (including NSF and NOAA) and manuscripts for 51 journals. He is a long-standing member of the American Fisheries Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Council of Science Editors. Dr. Browman’s interests cover a broad range of subject areas, including zooplankton and ichthyoplankton behaviour and ecology; sensory ecology; host-finding in fish parasites; effects of solar ultraviolet radiation on aquatic organisms and ecosystems; effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems; ecosystem-based management; critically evaluating how scholarly performance is measured; characterizing the bureaucratisation of scholarly institutions and its impacts; issues in scientific publishing (e.g. editor and author ethics, peer review, open access…). Dr. Browman has published over 130 articles, books and edited volumes and has delivered a similar number of presentations at conferences, symposia and workshops, and 50 invited lectures or departmental seminars. He has developed and taught 13 different courses at 4 Universities and trained/mentored 5 postdoctoral associates and 6 graduate students. His current research includes cascading effects of UV radiation on marine ecosystems, geomagnetic orientation in the long-distance migrations of European eel, effects of seismic survey air-gun blasts on Calanus spp., effects of ocean acidification on fish and invertebrates, and host-finding in the parasitic salmon louse. Research Interests The breadth of my research interests follows from that of my training as a biological oceanographer, limnologist, and sensory ecologist. My research has centred on the early life history of fishes, zooplankton ecology and on ichthyoplankton-zooplankton interactions and currently encompasses the following areas. Zooplankton and ichthyoplankton behaviour and ecology Sensory ecology Effects of solar ultraviolet radiation and ocean acidification on aquatic organisms and ecosystems Host-finding in fish parasites Marine policy (mainly ecosystem-based management and marine protected areas) Critically evaluating how scholarly performance is measured Bureaucratisation of scholarly institutions Issues in scientific publishing (e.g. best practices, editorial and author ethics, peer review, open access…) Current Projects 2011-2015: Effect of ocean acidification on Calanus finmarchicus 2011-2015: Fine-scale interactions in the plankton 2010-2014: Effects of climate change on the Calanus species complex More information about Dr. Browman and his activities is available at: Contact information Howard I. Browman Institute of Marine Research, Austevoll Research Station N- 5392 Storebø NORWAY Tel. 47 98 86 07 78 Email: Internet:

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Recent publications

  • Stress is not pain. Comment on Elwood and Adams (2015) 'Electric shock causes physiological stress responses in shore crabs, consistent with prediction of pain'

    • Stevens E
    • Arlinghaus R
    • Browman H
    • et al.
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  • Impact of ultraviolet radiation on marine crustacean zooplankton and ichthyoplankton: A synthesis of results from the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada

    • Browman H
    • Rodriguez C
    • Bélaud F
    • et al.

Professional experience


International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and Oxford University Press

January 2012 - Present

Principal Research Scientist

Institute of Marine Research

March 1998 - Present



University of Kansas

August 1985 - August 1989(4 years)


McGill University

September 1982 - May 1985(3 years)


McGill University

September 1979 - May 1982(3 years)