Introduction: Upon completing (in 1984) my MSc on forest bird ecology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia), I moved back to British Columbia and soon landed a contract to monitor nesting populations of gulls, cormorants, pigeon guillemots and oystercatchers along Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. For the last 30 years, I have worked as a seabird biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. During that time, I have been involved in: monitoring the spatial/temporal distribution of seabirds in Canadaâ€™s Pacific and western Arctic Oceans; marine spatial planning; identifying marine areas where seabirds face increased risks from anthropogenic stressors; assessing seabird bycatch rates; and investigating ways to minimize seabird mortalities in longline and net fisheries. I have been Co-chair of the Travel Awards Committee of both the first and second World Seabird Conference; I am the Chair of Canadaâ€™s Albatross and Shearwater Recovery Team; a member of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP); a member of the international Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Team; and for 14 years, I served as the Canadian Regional Representative on the Pacific Seabird Groupâ€™s Executive Council.
Institute: Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service
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