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.

KELSEY MILLER
PhD Student
kelsey.miller [at] science rendezvous.org

HANNAH KOBLUK
PhD Student
hmkobluk [at] gmail.com

Hannah is a coastal ecologist who was raised on the prairies, a third generation settler Canadian, and a proud female scientist. She has always been an outdoor enthusiast and is motivated by her love for the ecosystems and people of the coast. She completed her Master’s at SFU (https://summit.sfu.ca/item/18631) in partnership with the Heiltsuk Nation and was inspired to continue pursuing collaborative research that supports Indigenous resource governance. She is passionate about co-produced, community based research that upholds diverse knowledge forms as a path towards inclusive and innovative marine policy in the era of climate change. 

For her PhD, Hannah is a contributor to the Canada wide NSERC ResNet grant (https://www.nsercresnet.ca/index.html) that is centered on promoting resilience in Canada’s working land and sea scapes. Hannah is working in partnership with Coastal First Nations to investigate how access to seafood will be impacted by climate change and the recovery of sea otters along the coast. She hopes to use field studies, ecological modeling and scenario planning, in addition to Indigenous knowledge and archaeological data, to examine historical and ongoing changes in fisheries and values dependent on them to inform future policy for resilient fisheries.

KIM-LY THOMPSON
PhD Student
kim.ly.thompson [at] gmail.com

Kim-Ly will be joining the CMEC lab as a PhD student in January 2021. In this position she will be part of a CIHR-funded coast-wide research initiative supporting climate adaptation and resilience of coastal Indigenous fisheries. She is interested in community- and land-based adaptation actions and is particularly drawn to intertidal social-ecological relationships. 

Kim-Ly holds a BSc in biology and environmental studies from McGill University, and an MA in marine ethnoecology from the University of Victoria. Since 2015 she has worked with the Gitga’at First Nation (first as staff member, then as a Masters student and community-based researcher in collaboration with UVic) to monitor traditional food resources, with a focus on marine species. Most recently her work centered on co-designing and supporting a community-based monitoring program based in the observations of harvesters and knowledge holders to inform Gitga’at stewardship, land rights, education and wellness objectives. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue learning with and supporting her adoptive community as a doctoral student while sharpening her research skills.

HEATHER EARLE
MRM Student
heather_earle [at] sfu.ca

Heather is interested in understanding how anthropogenic impacts have shaped kelp forest food webs through the late Holocene. By gaining insight into how ecosystems have responded to past perturbations, such as the harvesting and management 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 and archaeology to reconstruct ancient kelp forest food webs and illuminate the role of people in structuring nearshore coastal ecosystems. She is fascinated with how these insights might improve current conservation efforts by significantly expanding the time horizon over which we consider species interactions while recognizing the reciprocal relationships that have evolved over millennia.

Before starting her masters, Heather carried out ecological field monitoring in BC, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. She grew up on Vancouver Island, and completed her B.Sc. in Geography at the University of Victoria. It was at field school in Clayoquot Sound, studying mysids and grey whales, 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.

MAYA GUTTMANN
MRM Student
mayaguttmann [at] gmail.com

Maya is a Master’s student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management. She is interested in the dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems, and wonders how the dynamic relationships between people and nature used to confer resilience to ancient coastal communities, may provide insights into contemporary systems that have experienced significant cumulative impacts of industrialisation.

Maya is working in collaboration with the Tsleil Waututh Nation and with the consulting firm Kerr Wood Leidel Associated Ltd. to test how alternative management activities might affect the productivity of clams in Burrard Inlet. With consideration for the cumulative impacts of colonization on Tsleil Waututh Nation’s relationship with clams, Maya’s research will incorporate Tsleil Waututh Nation knowledge, priorities and experimental field science to inform contemporary clam management in Burrard Inlet. Through her Masters project, she hopes to contribute to the wellbeing of a place and people who have offered her innumerable lessons.

Maya has spent most of her life on the West Coast of BC and obtained her BSc in Environmental Science from the University of British Columbia. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she rode her bike to South America and since returning, has spent the past two years working for the Tsleil Waututh Nation. She is delighted for the opportunity to continue this work and learning with the CMEC lab.

EMILY SPENCER
Summer Student
emily.r.spencer [at] gmail.com

Emily is in the last year of her undergraduate degree with the University of Victoria where she studies biology and environmental restoration. She is driven by a strong connection to place and is passionate about the social and ecological dimensions of restoration. Emily’s research experience began at the Bamfield Marine Science Center where she studied kelp cultivation. This summer, she will be working with Skye Augustine on the Clam Garden Restoration Project. This project is a collaborative study led by the Hul’qumi’num and WSÁNEĆ nations and Parks Canada. Emily’s role is to process sediment samples collected at unwalled beaches and at “clam garden” sites which are undergoing restoration and being actively managed. She will be analysing grain size and calcium carbonate content of the sediment to compare habitat type. Emily hopes to continue doing collaborative research to support the restoration of nearshore marine ecosystems and Indigenous food systems.

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