Past speakers

JANUARY – Dr. Julia Baum

Dr. Baum describes her research as “focusing on the ecology and conservation of marine populations and ecosystems. Using statistical analysis of large observational data sets, field observations, samples and experiments, (she) investigates how anthropogenic disturbances are altering marine populations and what the broader consequences of these changes are for marine community structure, diversity and ecosystem function…”

FEBURARY – David Fissel and Glenda Watt
MARCH – Jamie Alley – “Coastal and Marine Resource Management; Don’t use a hammer when you need a screwdriver”

Jamie Alley is a natural resource and environmental management specialist with over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of senior and executive management positions.  After a long career in the government of British Columbia, including positions as Secretary to Cabinet for Environment and Land Use, and Director of Oceans and Marine Fisheries, Jamie now serves as a university instructor in under-graduate and graduate programs in coastal and marine resource management in Canada and Iceland. In addition to his teaching, Jamie also operates a natural resource management consulting firm based in Victoria, with particular expertise in oceans and coastal resource management, freshwater and marine fisheries, and natural resource governance mechanisms. Jamie is Vice President Pacific with the Coastal Zone Canada Association and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Coastal Research at Vancouver Island University.  Jamie is a geographer by training and has degrees in geography and natural resource management from Simon Fraser University (BA 1974), and the University of Victoria (MA 1977).

APRIL – Dr. Maia Hoeberechts and Dr. Martin Scherwath

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts is a member of the NEPTUNE Canada science team based at the University of Victoria. In her role as Research Theme Integrator for Engineering and Computational Research, she serves as the key liaison for external researchers working with NEPTUNE Canada in the areas of Computer Science and Engineering. Her responsibilities include fostering interdisciplinary projects in academia and industry, supporting graduate student research, and participating in scientific outreach activities. Present research areas include automated detection of events in undersea video, modelling and simulation of undersea networks, acoustic positioning systems, and data visualization.

Martin completed undergraduate studies in physics and astronomy in Hamburg, Germany. He then specialized in geophysical methods and earned an M.Sc. in Exploration Geophysics at Leeds University, U.K. with a dissertation on seismic attenuation as an indicator for hydrocarbons in 1995.Martin then worked as a research assistant at Leeds University until 1997, when he began studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He earned his Ph.D. in 2002, writing his 2002 thesis on lithospheric structures and deformation of the continental collision zone of New Zealand’s South Island.

After earning his Ph.D., Martin then moved to Canada and spent two years as a research fellow at the University of Victoria where he worked on subduction zone processes and structures and gas hydrates of the Cascadia margin off Vancouver Island. Between 2004 and 2010 he served as a research scientist at IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany, where he worked on subduction zone processes off south-central Chile and the Hikurangi-Kermadec zone off New Zealand and also on correlating seismic activity and gas discharge of Nicaraguan volcanoes.

In 2010 Martin moved back to Canada to become a research associate at the University of Victoria, analysing structures and seismology of the Cascadia margin. Martin joined NEPTUNE Canada in April 2011, supporting research projects on gas hydrates and ocean floor fluid dynamics and assisting with his support of seismology and tectonics-related research

Past Speakers:
September 2012 – Dr. Brian Bornhold
October 2012 – Romney McPhie
November 2012 – Dr. Kate Moran
December 2012 – Dr. Anna Hall

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