I graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University. My research project focused on RNA/DNA ratios during the artificial conditioning of sea scallops. I have worked with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in various capacities since 1993 including the rearing of juvenile lobsters for a contaminants feeding study. Later I worked as a lab technician at the Halifax Lab and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where I provided technical assistance for baseline studies aimed at mapping the spatial distribution of inorganic contaminants in biota and the marine environment in support of marine environmental quality requirements for oceans management. I have a continued interest in biodiversity, conservation and public education, and from 1994-1998 I spent my summers working as a park educator, conducting tours and presentations to promote a better understanding and appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of Gros Morne National Park, NF and Labrador, specialising in the marine resources adjacent to the park. In recent years, I have gained knowledge and skills in GIS and data management, and have served as a team member on the 2006 and 2007 ROPOS cruises to the Discovery Corridor, the Deep-Waters of the Continental Slopes (Sable Island Gully, Stone Fence, Southwestern Grand Banks), and on the study of Mesopelagic fauna in the Sable Island Gully. I have also had the opportunity to work on a Species At Risk project aimed at mapping the spatial and temporal distributions of fishing gear to develop a tool for assessing potential threats to the endangered leatherback turtle.
Ecosystem Research Division
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bedford Institute of Oceanography