Ted Ames is a founding board member and senior advisor of Penobscot East Resource Center. He is presently an external Graduate Faculty Member at University of Maine, Orono, visiting research scientist at Bowdoin College and member of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Council of NOAA. Captain Ames fished commercially for 28 years. He was formerly Vice-Chair of Maine Department of Marine Resources Hatchery Technology Committee, Executive Director of the Maine Gillnetters Association and director of Alden-Ames Lab, an environmental and analytical laboratory and the Zone C Lobster Hatchery. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles on historical fisheries ecology, fishermen’s ecological knowledge, and related subjects. He holds an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Maine. Ames is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Award, the 2007 Geddes W. Simpson Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Maine and was Bowdoin’s 2010-11 visiting Coastal Studies Scholar. Ted lives in Stonington, ME with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Michael Orr is a Senior Research Associate at Cape Breton University’s Verschren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment and the Bras d’Or Institute for Ecosystem Research. Dr. Orr is interested in the value of data collected by community members, or ‘citizen scientists’, and their contribution to scientific research and understanding. Most notably, as founding member and director of ‘Pelagica SciTech Consulting/Citizen Science Technologies’ in Sydney, Orr is working collaboratively with other researchers and the public to design tools for fishermen and citizens to use in collecting reliable data about the oceans.
Katja Fennel is Associate Professor in the Oceanography Department at Dalhousie University and holds a Canada Research Chair in Marine Prediction. One of her main research interests is developing physical-biogeochemical models of coastal regions in order to simulated and better understand how the marine environment varies due to various natural and man-made influences. Applications of these models range from assessments of the impacts of fertilizer-derived nutrient run off on the marine environment to projections of how global warming and ocean acidification may alter coastal habitats of marine species in the future. Contact: email@example.com; 902-494-4526
Sara Rezaee is a PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University. Sara is currently working on her PhD thesis: Risk Analysis of Cyclone Weather Conditions on Fishing Vessel Incidents in Atlantic Canada. This research aims to identify cyclone weather conditions that are associated with the occurrence of fishing vessel incidents, the severity level of these incidents, and traffic levels (categorized spatially and temporally). The related project goal is to predict future risk levels based on potential climate change scenarios. This research is supported by MEOPAR-NCE. Contact: Sara.Rezaee@dal.ca
Dan Mombourquette is a Master of Applied Science (MSc.) candidate at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. His research, which has been funded by the Canadian Fisheries Research Network (CFRN) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), has collaboratively developed and tested fisheries indicators to measure changes to the distribution of benefits within an Atlantic Canadian fishing community, over time. This work has provided feedback to Canada’s Comprehensive Fisheries Evaluation Framework being developed by the CFRN. Dan is also a Seafood Watch® analysis and is currently evaluating the sustainability of the Canadian capelin fishery. Dan is also an associate with Nexus Coastal Resource Management Ltd. Contact: 1-902-445-7962; firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Douglas is from Prince Edward Island and after working as a watershed coordinator for five years she started with the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability. She has a BSc. and an MSc from the University of Prince Edward Island an is an avid outdoors person and sailor. Contact: Coalition.email@example.com; (902) 218-2594
Dr. Fred Whoriskey is the Executive Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) at Dalhousie University, a global research infrastructure documenting the movements and survival of aquatic animals, and their links to environmental conditions. Prior to joining Dalhousie University in 2010, Fred was the Vice President, Research and Environment of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). While at ASF, he developed the organization’s acoustic telemetry programs, and led science-based public policy activity. Other positions included working as an Assistant then Associate Professor at McGill University from 1986 – 1995, and as a Research Assistant for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1976-1981). He has held appointments as an adjunct professor with the University of Guelph, University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University and McGill University. He has also served on the Boards of the AquaNet National Center of Excellence in Aquaculture, the Canadian Rivers Institute, and the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (Chair from 2003-2011). In addition to his science administration work, Fred has published extensively in the area of fish biology and ecology. He has been heavily involved in public policy issues, and has worked broadly in public education and environmental impact evaluation. He received a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award in 2008, the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Lee Wulff Award in 2010, and is a frequent public speaker. Contact: 1-902-494-4095; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Squires has always lived near the entrance to the Bras d”Or Lakes in Cape Breton. He has fished, primarily lobsters, since 1976. Kevin co-owns Lakeview Boats, a small boat-building and repair shop. He is currently the President of the Cape Breton Local for the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, a member of the Fishermen Scientist Research Society, member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and participant in many marine research initiatives. After completing a Philosophy degree on a part-time basis, he was accepted into Dal’s Marine Affairs program in 2003, mainly because he was interested in/had a good deal of local experience with instances of marine development/conflicting interests. Since graduating, Kevin has continued to fish, as well as pursue research/consulting work related to communication with fishing industry; Marine Protected Areas; local resource mapping; and community engagement in development proposals. Kevin is currently working under the auspices of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network on a project related to the distribution of benefits from fisheries resources.
Shannon Scott Tibbetts
Shannon Scott Tibbetts first became aware of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society after completing her BSc in Aquaculture from the NSAC in 1998. She began on a volunteer basis and welcomed the opportunity to join the team once a position became available. She began her career with the FSRS as a lab technician working on the 4VsW Sentinel Project in 1998 and has gradually gained more responsibility until reaching her current position as Research Biologist. She has a background in biology with a BSC in Biology from Dalhousie University (1993), and a keen interest in science and marine science in particular.
Randall Angus has over 35 years experience in the Maritimes fishery and aquaculture industry. He has extensive experience in working with both the public and private sectors in resource management, and has a diverse background that covers a variety of species and organizations. He is currently the Director of Integrated Resource Management for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI. In this role, he works with the Mi’kmaq on resource management recognizing that all aspects of an ecosystem are interrelated, including the climate.
Don Jardine is currently employed as a project manager with the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab and is managing the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association projects being funded by NRCan. He led an initiative to establish 6 climate monitoring stations on Prince Edward Island and has helped establish a number of shoreline erosion monitoring stations in the province of PEI in the past few months. He has been involved in conducting climate change vulnerability studies in several communities in Atlantic Canada, including First Nation communities on Prince Edward Island and has worked on a variety of climate change issues over the past number of years.
Alfred Deveau is fisherman from Cheticamp, NS. Not only does he fish, but he is also a certified diver, trap builder, and volunteer, working closely with the Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative to assist in their research projects. Alfred is passionate about keeping the marine environment healthy and understanding the changes occurring within the fisheries.
Venitia Joseph started with DFO as a Master’s student in 1998 and completed her thesis on fish community structures in the Kouchibouguac Estuary, NB. In 2001, she joined DFO’s Science and Oceans group. During that time, she worked on oil and gas files, the review of seismic testing off Cape Breton, the Gulf region’s Marine Protected area in Basin Head PEI, and the management plans for the Gulf of St. Lawrence. She’s now coordinates the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program (ACCASP), acting as the point of contact for all aspects related to the program planning and implementation.