Current Students and Post Docs

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Kaitlin Baril


Kaitlin’s excitement for nature and wildlife conservation led her to complete her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Environmental Biology. Kaitlin recently moved west from Montreal to Vancouver to pursue her MSc in Ecological Restoration. In the summer of 2021, she will be travelling to Saturna Island for her applied research project. She will be studying cetacean activity and vessel traffic within Boundary Pass through her partnership with SIMRES.

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Madie Bouvier


A recent graduate from the University of Victoria, Madie's passion for marine life conservation led her to the MSc of Ecological Restoration. She brings with her multiple years of experience educating the public on conservation and sustainability. In July 2021, Madie will be travelling up to West Cracroft Island to observe Northern Resident Killer Whale behaviour in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in partnership with Cetus Research and Conservation Society and DFO Scientists Dr Sheila Thornton and Dr Harald Yurk. Madie will study true and false positive whale observations from humans (visual sightings) and underwater hydrophones (acoustic detections). She will use these data to compare communication of killer whales when anthropogenic noise pollution is present and absent.

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Emma Cummings


Emma has worked on coastal ecology along BC's west coast for 4 years, participating in a number of marine projects. In 2019-2020, she worked on underwater acoustics as part of a student MSc award. Emma is currently working as a Research Assistant assisting the HALLO project with the objective of using passive acoustics to detect and classify killer whale calls for use in vessel avoidance measures.

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Bailey Feddersen


Passionate about the natural world and conservation biology, Bailey received her B.Sc. in Environmental Science from McGill University in 2018. Before beginning her M.Sc., she worked with DFO collecting survivorship data for hatchery salmon, and with McGill leading field research trips to Vancouver Island to study endangered populations of three-spine stickleback. For her thesis, Bailey will be using visual and acoustic monitoring to examine habitat use by cetaceans in the highly trafficked Swiftsure Bank area off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island.

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Azi Gheibi


Azadeh (Azi) Gheibi is an MSc student in the Ecological Restoration program. Her background is in Marine Biology and she has experience in working with coral reefs. Her research interest is working on a marine mammal science project.


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Hoky Hsu


Hoky is an art faculty student majoring in mathematics. Hoky is working as a research assistant interpreting photographs of nesting Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants on urban bridges in Vancouver. Hoky will apply his creative and quantitative skills to better understand the breeding biology of these sensitive seabirds.


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Kathleen Meszaros


Kathleen Meszaros is a student in the MSc of Ecological Restoration program. After completing her BSc in Environmental Science and Biology at Western University she moved to BC and developed a keen interest in preserving and promoting native plant communities. In her applied research project she is exploring a major threat to biodiversity in the Columbia Mountains: invasive species. Field studies to assess vegetation communities and soil nutrient availability will take place during the summer of 2020 through partnership with the Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society.


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Paul Nguyen Hong Duc


I am a postdoctoral fellow jointly hosted at Carleton University and Simon Fraser University. I am working on the development of deep learning models to help identify Southern Resident Killer Whale vocalizations in the Salish Sea. I have a background in image and signal processing and I did my doctoral research project at Sorbonne Université in France. The aim was to deal with the lack of annotated data (weak supervision) for underwater acoustic scene or event detection and classification in a Big Data context. My research interests in the marine environment include characterizing a soundscape, and developing detection and classification models for underwater sounds. I am also interested in understanding annotation behaviors, in using new techniques to synthetically increase training data (data augmentation) for deep learning models and in using multimodal data to help build better deep learning models


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Macus Ong


Macus is using Gigapan and GoPro technology to document nesting phenologies and breeding success of Pelagic and Double Crested Cormorants nesting on natural and anthropogenic nesting structures. Macus is working in collaboration with Canadian Wildlife Service biologists (CWS).

Macus's Website In the news

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Lucy Quayle


Lucy is co-supervised by Dr Martin Wale (SIMRES) and Dr Harald Yurk (DFO).

About Lucy In the news

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Dr. Marine Randon


Shipping traffic continues to grow in the Salish Sea, with future projections worldwide indicating this trend will continue. With more ships comes an increase in the risk of cetaceans being struck by vessels and/or colliding with their propellers. Key amongst these cetaceans is the endangered population of killer whales, the southern resident killer whales. Using existing acoustic hydrophone nodes operating in the Salish Sea, as well as visual observer data from experts in the field, Marine is working with Dr Mike Dowd to develop the methodological framework for a stochastic movement forecast model as an advance warning system for commercial ship pilots.

Marines Website


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Varsha Rani


After completing a BSc in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia, Varsha has spent 3+ years working with numerous aquatic and terrestrial species in a research setting. With an interest in marine life, she is drawn towards the prospect of studying and understanding killer whales and their critical habitats. For her SFU research project, in the summer of 2021 Varsha will be collecting locational data on whales and commercial vessels in the Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve. She will also be collecting data on the behaviour of the killer whales in regards to the vessels in partnership with the Cetus Research and Conservation Society and Dr. Sheila Thornton (DFO).

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Rose Wilkin


Rose is using GoPro, Gigapan, and drone photography of Double-crested cormorant nesting colonies to compare phenology and nest success between human-made structures and natural cliffs. Hir work focuses on the nesting colonies on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, Gabriola Island, and Mitlenatch Island. The timing of some life cycle events differs between the colonies, and Rose aims to document and interpret these differences. Rose has partnered with Greg McClelland in the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and Jenna Cragg in the Ecosystems Branch of the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD).

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Dr. Jennifer Wladichuk


Jen is a biologist and acoustician working collaboratively with the HALLO project to develop an open-source algorithm to automatically detect and classify killer whale calls for use in vessel avoidance in the Salish Sea. Jen is a joint post-doctoral fellow with the University of Victoria where she is leading a study funded by DFO on investigating noise masking of SRKW echolocation. She also works for JASCO Applied Sciences where she conducts acoustic monitoring and modelling to investigate impacts to marine life.



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Alumni


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Okezi Akporuno


Okezi Akporuno MSc 2020

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Maddie Edmonds


Maddie Edmonds MSc 2020


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Alex Harris


Alex Harris MSc 2020