Biography – Chelsie Archibald
Chelsie is from Halifax, NS and recently joined the Centre for Marine Biodiversity as a Research Assistant working on the Gulf of Maine project with Peter Lawton in St. Andrews, NB. Chelsie earned her BSc. (Marine Biology Co-Op) at Dalhousie University in 2006, and recently completed her MSc. (Marine Science) at Otago University in New Zealand. Chelsie’s Masters work incorporated two of her primary marine interests – spatial community ecology and coastal management. Her thesis investigated patterns of reef fish abundance, diversity, and distribution within the fjords of New Zealand’s southwestern coast using underwater visual census techniques. The main aims were to elucidate distribution patterns of reef fish assemblages along strong environmental gradients, to determine the mechanisms that likely drive the observed patterns, and to discern any potential effects of management. In addition to ecological research, Chelsie is passionate about education and has taught youth about marine conservation in the Bahamas, New Zealand, and Canada.