Centre for Marine Futures
School of Biological Sciences
& UWA Oceans Institute
University of Western Australia M092
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009
Project title: Understanding the impacts of shipping traffic in marine protected areas
Start Date: February 25, 2019
My project is examining the impacts of vessel traffic noise on large pelagics in marine protected areas along the west coast of Australia.
I studied in Canada, where I received my Bachelor of Science with a combined major in Biology and Earth & Ocean Science from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. After completing my degree, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Sea Around Us, a research initiative at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, updating all maritime countries catch reconstructions in order to gain a better understanding of global fisheries. In 2017 I decided to travel to Australia. Fortunately for me the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean node had just been created so I continued to work with them in Perth where I was introduced to Prof. Meeuwig and the Marine Futures Lab.
I’ve always been fascinated by the role that marine protected areas play in the conservation of our oceans. Many anthropogenic activities affect marine protected areas but my research aims to understand the impacts of vessel traffic on large pelagics in marine protected areas along the west coast of Australia.
- Honours project