Bio

Andrea is a fish biologist, diver, and conservationist. Her research blends ecology, physiology, and sociology to study stressed-out fish and fisheries across the globe: East Africa; Southeast Asia; Oceania; and the Pacific Northwest. She mixes quantitative and qualitative methods to holistically approach fish conservation and management. She holds a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Biology, both from McGill University. For her PhD in Biology at Carleton University and the University of British Columbia, she has been awarded a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship in support of her work on Pacific salmon bycatch. She engages Indigenous community members as active research participants and is a member of the northern, coastal Nisga’a Nation.

Recent News

Andrea was interviewed by CBC about her National Geographic ‘Reef to Aquarium’ Project.

Listen to the interview here and read the article here!

Education

  • PhD Present

    Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

    Carleton and University of British Columbia

  • MSc 2012

    Master of Science in Biology

    McGill University

  • BSc Hons 2009

    Bachelor of Science in Environment

    McGill University

Positions

  • Present2011

    Explorer

    National Geographic Society

  • Present2015

    Lead Teaching Assistant

    Carleton University

  • 20142013

    Graduate Research Assistant

    McGill University

  • 20122011

    Teaching Assistant

    McGill University

Selected Grants and Awards

  • 2018
    Leo Margolis Scholarship for Fisheries Research
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    Project — “Interactive stressor effects of infectious disease, climate change, and fisheries capture on the fate of Pacific salmon bycatch”

    Learn about the L. Margolis Scholarship.

  • 2017
    Peter A Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries
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    Project — “Interactive stressor effects of infectious disease, climate change, and fisheries capture on the fate of Pacific salmon bycatch”

    Learn about the Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries.

  • 2017
    NSERC Aboriginal Ambassador Award
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    Project — “Multistakeholder presentation series in the Nass River Valley, British Columbia”

    Learn about AANSE Awards.

  • 2015-2018
    NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship — Doctoral
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    Project — “Interactive effects of aquatic hypoxia and thermal stress on fish respiratory performance”

    Learn about Canada Graduate Scholarships.

  • 2016-2017
    National Geographic Collaboration Grant
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    Project — “Reef to aquarium: tracing the tropical fish trade”

    Learn about the Expeditions Council.

  • 2014-2015
    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
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    Project — “Navigating the bumpy road to conservation: a case study of bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Solomon Islands”

    Learn about Young Explorers Grants.

  • 2012
    Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Excellence Award
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    Project — “Living on the edge: wetland edges as peak refugia from an introduced piscivore ”

    Learn about the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.

  • 2012
    Student Conference on Conservation Science Best Talk
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    Project — “Living on the edge: wetland edges as peak refugia from an introduced piscivore ”

    Learn about the Student Conference on Conservation Science.

  • 2011-2012
    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
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    Project — “Hide and seek: predicting the optimal refuge for endemic fishes from an invasive predator in the Lake Victoria basin”

    Learn about Young Explorers Grants.

  • 2010-2011
    NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship — Master's
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    Project — “Socioecological determinants of group size in black and white colobus monkeys”

    Learn about Canada Graduate Scholarships.

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