Aquatic biodiversity science


I see biodiversity as the variety of lifeforms
on Earth. The genes, species, communities and ecosystems that make up our planet. It’s so much greater than species richness
itself, it’s richness within a species and its connections to the environment. Why are there so many kinds? It’s life celebrating itself in dynamic and
complex ways. It’s the spice of life, it’s interconnected. The structured complexity of all the little
pieces around us that make the world that we live and experience everyday. My job is tough, we’re asked to answer some
very difficult questions. I study beluga whale health and I look at
the way they use their habitat as a way of understanding ocean health. My focus is taxonomic and function diversity
of faunal communities in eelgrass beds. I conduct marine fish and invertebrate surveys
in the arctic in areas that have never been surveyed before. I study the seabed biodiversity in the
Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I’m developing a coastal monitoring program
working with indigenous groups in the Canadian North. I’m working to help establish a network of
marine protected areas in Atlantic Canada. I study the impact of fishing activities on
benthic ecosystems. I study insect populations in rivers. I study glass sponge reefs on Canada’s Pacific coast. I study the dynamics and the evolutionary
biology of Arctic fishes. I look at microscopic organisms that live
in the seafloor near salmon farms. I study deep sea coral and sponge communities
in the northwest Atlantic. I study the small things in the Arctic Ocean. I feel like I’m helping to tell a story, it’s
a story about change. There’s always something to discover,
unexpected species will show-up. Change in marine species ultimately affects
us all. Because it underpins the structure and function
of our natural ecosystems. It’s keeping the balance and it’s keeping
species in check. So we can predict how ecosystems will respond
to change by understanding the implications of species loss. It’s important to study biodiversity. So we don’t loose biodiversity.

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