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.

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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