RESEARCH

My research explores the impacts of climate change and other environmental pressures on boreal and Arctic marine ecosystems and marine ecosystem services (ES), or the benefits that ecosystems provide to societies, with a particular focus on fisheries and seafood. About three billion people obtain 20% of their animal protein intake from seafood around the globe, and my research focuses on Indigenous coastal communities, where seafood consumption is nearly 15 times higher. Moreover, a lot of my research unfolds in the Arctic, where the rate of global warming is two to three times faster than anywhere else on the planet, causing a cascade of impacts onto ecosystems and people*.

 

My approach is transdisciplinary, using methods ranging from food web and nutritional biomarkers, genetic tools, to participatory, community-based, processes with Indigenous Knowledge holders. Throughout the years, I have participated in a range of field expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica, including on icebreakers, research vessels, and at land-based research stations, as well as in various community-based sampling and consultation efforts. I aim to pursue knowledge-to-action research, with the ultimate goal of contributing to sustainability solutions (including mitigation, conservation, sustainable governance, resilience building).

Learn more about my three research focus areas below, and contact me if you would like to discuss!

* Sources:

1. FAO. 2020. The state of world fisheries and aquaculture 2020. Sustainability in action. Rome, Italie.

2. Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., D. Pauly, L. V. Weatherdon, and Y. Ota. 2016. A global estimate of seafood consumption by coastal indigenous peoples. PloS one 11:e0166681.

3. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2021. Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Masson-Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, A. Pirani, S.L. Connors, C. Péan, S. Berger, N. Caud, Y. Chen, L. Goldfarb, M.I. Gomis, M. Huang, K. Leitzell, E. Lonnoy, J.B.R. Matthews, T.K. Maycock, T. Waterfield, O. Yelekçi, R. Yu, and B. Zhou (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 2391 pp. doi:10.1017/9781009157896. 

Marine food webs and fisheries in the context of climate change

Focus Area 1 explores how anthropogenic pressures, especially climate change, affect Arctic and boreal marine food webs and fisheries, particularly Arctic Char fisheries.

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Assessing ecosystem services and their resilience in the Anthropocene

Focus Area 2 assesses ecosystem services in northern and marine environments, and their resilience to anthropogenic pressures.

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Guiding  sustainability actions

Focus Area 3 aims to advance sustainability solutions through research, such as guiding conservation, sustainable wildlife management, or encouraging mitigation efforts.

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