Research Team

STUDENT AND POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS 

Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, OceanCanada Postdoctoral Researcher

Project title: Taking Stock of Canada’s Marine Resources

The research provides information on current and past trends in Canadian marine resources. A key interim objective is to identify existing assessments from various sources, integrating all available data so that we can provide a broad overview of natural and human drivers of performance and change. This initial overview is key for the next step for OceanCanada, as it will provide a baseline for development of future scenarios.

Dr. Louise Teh, OceanCanada Postdoctoral Researcher

Project title: Investigating the Future of Canada’s Oceans Through Scenarios

The research focuses on developing scenarios that investigate the potential future state of Canada’s oceans at the national scale.  Existing scenarios about future impacts on oceans and fisheries will be reviewed in order to identify socio-economic, ecological, and environmental parameters relevant to OceanCanada scenarios. These will then be used to develop storylines about the potential future trajectory for Canada’s oceans. Once the scenario framework is established, information from OceanCanada’s regional working groups will be integrated to examine scenarios that are relevant to local stakeholders. This will enable the linkage of scenarios across scales.

Darah Gibson, Master’s Candidate

Project title: Assessing small and large scale fisheries on Canada’s Pacific Coast

The project will assess Canadian Pacific Ocean fisheries and determine whether they are small-scale (SSF) or large-scale (LSF) fisheries, in an effort to recognize their importance within Canada’s objectives for sustainable fishing.

Sarah Harper, Ph.D. Candidate

Project title: Taking stock of the social and economic condition of the herring fisheries of Bella Bella, British Columbia, with focus on the contribution of women

The project will assess social and economic attributes of the herring fishery in Bella Bella, BC, with focus on gender- and age-differentiated risks and benefits of herring fishery closures and collapses. The research is expected to provide valuable information for understanding herring social-ecological systems. This work will contribute to the ongoing policy debate on how to manage the Central Coast herring fishery and provide inputs for developing future management scenarios.

Travis Tai, Ph.D. Candidate 

Project title: Projecting socioeconomic impacts of climate change on Canadian fisheries

Climate change and ocean acidification impacts on our world’s oceans are more apparent than ever. Changes in the biogeochemistry of our oceans are occurring at unprecedented rates, affecting entire ecosystems. My research focuses on modelling the socioeconomic impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on Canadian fisheries. I will be generating higher resolution spatial regional models to observe changes in populations of economically important species. Quantifying environmental changes–including population declines, niche range shifts, ecosystem structure–and projecting socioeconomic impacts (e.g., quotas, revenues, GDP, job loss/gain) are essential ingredients for the management and preservation of natural resources for future generations as we encounter record-breaking climate change scenarios.

Rebecca Singleton, Ph.D. Candidate

Allison Witter, Ph.D. Candidate