Applied Field Methods in Fish Ecology; Instructor, Dalhousie University
Urban Freshwater Systems; Instructor, Dalhousie University
Field Studies of Marine Mammals; TA, Dalhousie University
Applied Field Methods in Aquatic Ecology; TA, Dalhousie University
Environmental Programs Field School; TA, Dalhousie University
Diversity of Life; TA, Dalhousie University
Sedimentology; TA, Dalhousie University
Toxicology; Instructor, Georgian College
Environmental Concerns; Instructor, Georgian College
Paleontology; TA, McMaster University
Coral Reefs; TA, McMaster University
Assessing leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) populations using citizen science observations in Antarctica. Co-supervised with Dr. T. Walker. *K Sora, Masters of Resource and Environmental Science, Dalhousie University, 2016-17
Delineating priority conservation areas for reef sharks and rays in Thailand using citizen science. *A Westell, Biology BSc, Dalhousie University, 2015-16
Predicting the occurrence of juvenile sharks in the Gulf of Mexico using habitat suitability modeling.*A Harman, Biology BSc, Dalhousie University, 2014-15
A comparison of two underwater visual sampling techniques used to estimate tropical reef fish communities. *S Jind, Biology BSc, Dalhousie University, 2011-2012
Maternity Leave. Feb 2017 – Feb 2018
Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2016-2017.
Conceive, collaborate on and carry out an evaluation of time-area closures to conserve vulnerable species in Atlantic Canada. Data management, spatio-temporal analysis, and write-up of results for peer-review and management use.
Research Associate, Dalhousie University. 2015-2016
Conceive, direct and carry out an evaluation of the success of global shark sanctuaries using a survey of ocean explorers. Website, questionnaire and form creation, develop and launch outreach plan, recruit and engage with participants, literature review, data analysis and write-up for peer-review.
Instructor, Dalhousie University, Canada. 2013-2015
Applied Field Methods in Fish Ecology, Urban Freshwater Systems. Develop curriculum, organize, budget and teach field school, mentor and evaluate students, and consult with Clean Nova Scotia to develop and implement monitoring protocol for restoration initiatives as part of the field school.
Program Coordinator, Clean Foundation, Canada. 2014-2015
Lead research and restoration efforts in watersheds and coastal areas. Innovate and conceive new projects, manage budgets, write reports and grant proposals, build stakeholder relationships, meet education and outreach goals.
Consultant, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. 2014-2015
Advise on the location of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Atlantic Canada. Manage, analyze and map large spatial and temporal dataset, write-up for peer-review and defend.
Maternity Leave. Oct 2012 – Sep 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University. 2012
1) Conceive, direct and carry out an evaluation of the global status of manta rays to understand their need for international trade restrictions: website, questionnaire and form creation, develop and launch outreach plan, recruit and engage with participants, literature review, data analysis and write-up for peer-review.
2) Evaluate global shark mortality and reproductive rates to understand population trends and extinction risk: Literature review, data analysis, write-up for peer-review.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Research Council Research Associate, NOAA-NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center, USA. 2011-2012
Investigated essential habitat of juvenile sharks in the Gulf of Mexico: Meta-analysis, data analysis, and write-up for peer-review.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University. 2010 – 2011
Meta-analysis of the recovery potential of global shark and ray populations: Literature review, data collection and analysis, and write-up for peer-review.
Consultant, Perry Institute of Marine Science, Bahamas. 2007
Benthic specialist responsible for the design and implementation of coral reef monitoring protocols. Develop and deploy underwater field surveys of benthic communities, using bioindicators, to assess eutrophication stress.
Demonstrator, Dalhousie University. 2003-2008
Environmental Programmes Field School, Urban Freshwater Systems, Diversity of Life, Sedimentology, Paleontology.
Instructor, Georgian College, Canada 2003
Develop curriculum and teach Environmental Concerns (year 1) and Toxicology (year 3).
Teaching Assistant, McMaster University. 2001-2003.
Develop, lead and mark various laboratory exercises.
Consultant, Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) and Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project, USA, 2001.
Develop rapid assessment field and sampling protocols of benthic fauna to evaluate the extent and history of eutrophication on reefs. Performed hundreds of underwater visual transects and sampled boring sponges for isotope analysis, ran isotope analysis on mass spectrometer, performed data analysis and write-up for peer-review.
Research Assistant, Caribbean Marine Research Center, Bahamas, 2000
Assisted in data collection for estimated green turtle carrying capacity in the Caribbean. More than 300 hours underwater sampling seagrass, performing benthic transects, running hydrometer for sediment analysis, collecting sediment samples.
Independent research, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, 2000
Developed and carried out project using video footage of sea urchins to assess species specific behaviours.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Technical Advisory Group for the Development of Global Best Practice Guidelines for Shark and Ray Based Ecotourism. 2015-2016
DFO Canada, Science Advice for Updating offshore Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas in the Scotian Shelf Bioregion (2014) Nova Scotia, Canada
PEW Science Advisors, Shark conservation CITES (2012) Bimini, Bahamas
PEW Science Advisors, Manta ray Conservation CITES (2012) Bimini, Bahamas
PEW Science Advisors, Shark Conservation (2008) Washington, DC, USA
Biological Conservation, BioScience, Endangered Species Research, Fisheries, Aquatic Biology, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, PLoS ONE, Biological Conservation, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Member, Science advisor: Association of Coastal Conservation of Mozambique (ACCM), Marine Action Research (MAR)
Supervisor, Co-supervisor, Reader, Dalhousie University – 2014-present – Biology, Masters of Marine Management, School for Resource and Environmental Science
eShark Global, 2007-present: Establishing baselines of sharks, rays, jellyfish, turtles, seahorses, whales, dolphins, ghost fishing gear, marine debris through event-based citizen science contributions. Monthly summaries are provided to regional stakeholders and the data are used to describe marine animal populations, for marine spatial planning exercises, to support student projects including undergraduate and graduate theses, GIS projects and to advise governments on marine management design and priorities.
eShark Thailand, 2012-present
eShark Great Fiji Shark Count, 2011-present
eShark Indonesia, 2015-present
OTHER SKILLS & CERTIFICATIONS
Environmental monitoring: marine mega-fauna, fish, water quality, seagrass, turtles, sedimentation and bioerosion, visual censuses, mark-recapture, fin clipping, muscle biopsies and coring of colonial animals (e.g. sponge, coral), isotope analyses, benthic invertebrate identification, rock outcrop mapping;
Associations: Society for Conservation Biology; Canadian Geophysical Union; Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; Audubon Society; American Elasmobranch Society
OTHER RELEVANT COURSES
R-INLA: Integrated Laplace Approximation for Bayesian New Brunswick. 2017.
Program Evaluation: Evaluation of Programs, Policies and Processes for Government and Not-for-profit Organizations. K Chaytor, Nova Scotia. 2015.
Esri GIS: Learning ArcGIS Desktop; Working with Coordinate Systems in ArcGIS; Address Geocoding with ArcGIS ; Basics of Map Projections of Raster Data.