Director

Philippe Tortell

Philippe Tortell

Dr. Philippe Tortell is a Professor in the Departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Botany at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Tortell is a sea-going oceanographer with broad interests in marine biogeochemical cycles and ocean-climate interactions. His research is focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems.

Dr. Tortell was appointed the Director of the Peter Wall Institute in May 2016. He has a long-standing relationship with the Institute, having been an Early Career Scholar in 2004 and a Wall Scholar from 2014-16. He received his BSc in Biology at McGill University (1994), and an MA (1997) and PhD (2001) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.


Past Directors

Gaston GórdilloInterim Director 2015-2016

Nancy Gallini, Interim Director 2014-2015

Janis SarraDirector 2011-2014

Dianne NewellDirector 2006-2011; Interim Director 2003-2006

Olav Slaymaker, Acting Director 2004-2005

Ken MacCrimmon, Director 1996-2003