My PhD research investigates the ultimate fitness consequences of handling and release for Pacific salmon bycatch in Canada’s Pacific Northwest to inform best practices for marine and riverine fisheries. For this, I jointly belong to Carleton University’s Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory and the University of British Columbia’s Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory. This work is principally funded by NSERC and the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Under the umbrella of the Global Inland Fisheries working group InFish, I am exploring the integral role that healthy ecosystems, and particularly freshwater environments, play in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030.
Here, I have teamed up with fellow National Geographic Young Explorers Mikayla Wujec, Caleb Kruse, and Shannon Switzer Swanson. We are tracking aquarium fish, like the famed Nemo and Dory, over their journey from their native habitat in Indonesia and the Philippines to aquariums in the United States. In 2018, we will launch an online interactive map of this journey, along with a documentary film.
Resulting story:Reef to Aquarium
With co-investigator and fellow National Geographic Explorer Mikayla Wujec, I surveyed bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) populations on coral reefs inside and outside of marine protected areas in the Solomon Islands. We worked with the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership, Tetepare Descendants’ Association, and were funded by National Geographic.
Resulting story:National Geographic Explorers Journal
Related media:Concordia University
My MSc research investigated how native fish species use wetland habitats as a refuge from the introduced predatory Nile perch (Lates niloticus) in the Lake Victoria basin of East Africa. I worked with McGill University, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. This work was funded by National Geographic.
My BSc Honours research examined how black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) deplete the trees they feed from in Kibale National Park in western Uganda, East Africa. I worked with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and was funded by McGill University.
Science Faction was a 2015 podcast miniseries about unbelievable discoveries, told with only the 1000 most used words. It was developed and hosted by myself and fellow scientist Dalal Hanna and produced by audio producer Nick Schofield. This project was funded by Jeunes Volontaires.
Listen:Science Faction Radio