Current Lab Members

ANNE SALOMON
Associate Professor, School of Resource & Environmental Management

anne.salomon [at] sfu.ca

Anne Salomon.

I am an applied marine ecologist and associate professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. My research is motivated by a deep interest in understanding how human activities alter the productivity, biodiversity and resilience of coastal marine food webs with the ultimate goal of informing ecosystem approaches to marine conservation. Broadly, my students and I study the cascading effects of predator depletion, marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management, and the dynamics of coupled human-ocean systems. Ultimately, I strive to engage coastal communities and government agencies in collaborative research and encourage constructive dialogue between them to design effective marine policies that balance the needs of people and nature.

I currently direct the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation lab at SFU. See my full CV here.

DANIELLE DENLEY
Postdoctoral Fellow

danielle.e.denley [at] gmail.com

Danielle is interested in how effects of anthropogenic stressors on species interactions can lead to unforeseen changes in community structure and ecosystem function. In 2015, First Nations communities on BC’s Central Coast observed an expansive outbreak of an encrusting, epiphytic bryozoan in association with extreme ocean temperature anomalies (“warm blob”) in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Giant kelps were heavily encrusted by the bryozoan, causing them to sink to the seafloor where they rapidly disintegrated. This concerned the First Nations communities, who rely heavily on these kelp forest ecosystems for commercial, as well as food, social, and ceremonial purposes. As a postdoctoral fellow in the CMEC lab, Danielle is working in partnership with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) to examine the effect of increasing ocean temperature on interactions between this epiphytic bryozoan and its kelp host, and to determine whether strategic adaptive management of traditional community-based kelp harvest and related fisheries practiced by the Central Coast First Nations can minimize the negative impact of bryozoan outbreaks and enhance the resilience of both kelp forest ecosystems and coastal communities to climate change.

SKYE AUGUSTINE
PhD Candidate

skyeaugustine [at] gmail.com

Skye Augustine (Hwsyun’yun) is a doctoral candidate from the Stz’uminus Nation and works for Parks Canada as the Clam Garden Project Coordinator in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR). In this role, Skye oversees Parks Canada’s clam garden restoration project – a five-year, collaborative study involving Coastal First Nations and various partners to examine the impact of clam gardens on intertidal ecosystems, combining traditional knowledge and scientific study. Skye first fell in love with clam gardens as a summer student and has continued this work as a collaborator on the Learning By The Sea program, as an Adjunct Faculty at Northwest Indian College where she works with undergraduate marine science students through the Salish Sea Research Center, and now as a doctoral student in the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation Lab.

HEATHER EARLE
MRM Student
heather_earle [at] sfu.ca

Heather is interested in understanding how anthropogenic disturbances have shaped kelp forest food webs through the late Holocene. By gaining insight into how consumers and producers have responded to past perturbations, such as the extirpation of sea otters, we can begin to anticipate how they might respond to changes in the present. Specifically, her research involves the use of stable isotope analysis to reconstruct ancient kelp forest food webs. She is fascinated with how these insights into the past might inform current conservation efforts by incorporating a historical ecological lens into the system. 

Before starting her masters, Heather carried out ecological field monitoring in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, hiking through the Mackenzie Mountains and getting stuck in bogs in the northern boreal. She grew up on Vancouver Island, and completed her BSc in Geography at the University of Victoria. It was at field school in Clayoquot Sound that she was first involved in marine ecology research and she couldn’t be happier to be back in that world with the CMEC lab. 

MEREDITH FRASER
MRM Student
meredith.s.fraser [at] gmail.com

Meredith is a first-year masters student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management. She is interested in natural history-based, broad-scale ecology and the interaction between people and the environment. While the majority of her research experience to date has been in cell biology and physiology, she is excited to learn more about landscape-level ecology and the incorporation of community-based knowledge in resource management practices. Her research will investigate the response of kelp forest ecosystems to bryozoan (Membranipora spp.) outbreaks and subsequent impacts on harvest and fisheries opportunities.

Meredith has her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Sustainability from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to starting in REM in 2019, Meredith worked as an education assistant for a college-level outdoor education program in northwest Montana and spent last summer working to develop a watershed education centre in Dorset, Ontario.

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