Enhancing Science & Monitoring in B.C.’s Parks & Protected Areas

Working with the BC Parks Foundation to design and implement an engagement process involving primary research, interviews (BC Parks staff, provincial agency staff, NGO directors, academics), and strategic meetings to craft a strategic roadmap for expanding and enhancing inventory, monitoring and research activities within B.C.’s system of parks and protected areas.

Marine Planning and Facilitation

Since 2013 I have worked with the David Suzuki Foundation, the Squamish Nation, and The Vancouver Aquarium who built a partnership with a vision for more integrated planning and ecosystem based management in Howe Sound. I worked with these organizations to design, organize and facilitate 3 separate marine planning engagement workshops where 60-160 participants (First Nations leaders, government agency researchers, academics, NGOs, educators, citizen scientists) worked together to:

  • Explore planning options, generate a vision, and identify priority actions in Howe Sound (2014 Howe Sound Aquatic Forum – see Agenda)
  • Document the status, trends and available data for biophysical values in Howe Sound (2015 Howe Sound Science & Knowledge Workshop – see Agenda)
  • Review and discuss available information regarding the socio-economic status and identify opportunities to advance sustainable socio-economic development in Howe Sound (2016 Howe Sound Socio-Economic Knowledge Forum – see Agenda)

Develop Kelp Forest Monitoring & Productivity Protocols

Worked with the Hakai Institute and fellow researcher Kira Krumhansl to write up a report documenting the protocols for annual and seasonal kelp forest monitoring and design protocols to measure the productivity of canopy kelps Nereocystis luetkeana and Macrocystis pyrifera. These monitoring protocols are currently being used as part of  the Hakai Institute’s Nearshore Monitoring Program based out of the Calvert Island Field Research Station.

Synthesize MPA Network Design Features

Led a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to produce a peer-reviewed report that synthesized recommended principles and design guidelines for establishing marine protected area (MPA) networks that meet ecological, governance, social and cultural objectives. The report was used to inform B.C.’s MPA network ecological design strategies for the Northern Shelf Bioregion. Read the summary and download the report here.