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Adjunct professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia

Dr. Peter S. Ross is an ocean pollution scientist, and has published over 160 scientific articles and book chapters on the fate and effects of a variety of contaminants in the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Dr. Ross is currently an Adjunct Professor at UBC Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and at the UVic School for Environmental Studies. Between 2014 and 2020, he served as the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, and founding Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program. Dr. Ross and his team at Ocean Wise launched PollutionTracker (, the first comprehensive monitoring program for pollutants of concern in coastal British Columbia; Ocean Watch (, a coast-wide ocean health report card; and the Plastics Lab, a dedicated high resolution facility working with industry, government agencies and academia on microplastic pollution.


  • 2020–present
    Adjunct professor, University of British Columbia EOAS
  • 2013–present
    Adjunct professor, University of Victoria SES
  • 2017–2020
    Vice-President, Ocean Wise
  • 1999–2014
    Research scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • 1999–2013
    Adjunct professor, Simon Fraser University SREM
  • 2004–2013
    Associate professor, University of Victoria SEOS


  • 1995 
    Utrecht University, PhD
  • 1990 
    Dalhousie University, MSc
  • 1985 
    Trent University, BSc Honours