CORAL Researchers

Rosaline Canessa
Director

Dr. Canessa's research interests include integrated coastal management, multiple use planning, marine protected areas, collaborative and participatory GIS, marine geovisualisation, community mapping and, Marxan and Marxan for Zoning. Current research projects include: collaborative GIS using Marxan for MPA zoning; seascape visualisation of Bowie Seamount; place attachment and coastal community mapping of Saanich Inlet, British Columbia; and protected areas and poverty reduction in Canada, Tanzania and Ghana.

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Lauren McWhinnie
Postdoc Researcher

After doing her undergraduate degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Lauren moved to Heriot-Watt University where she recieved her PhD, her work focussed on developing tools using GIS to aid Marine Spatial Planning and aquaculture site selection. Through her PhD work her resarch interests expanded to include several aspects of marine management including MPAs, climate change and the inclusion of stakeholder inputs and collaborations. In addition to research and teaching work, Lauren sits on the MASTS Marine Planning forums steering group, she also helped establish ScienceSea Sketches an initative for communicating marine science through the use of cartoons. Since joing the CORAL research group she has been working on the MEOPAR funded NEMES project that is mapping marine acoustic noise from shipping using acoustic and AIS data, the impacts this has on marine mammals and potential mitigation and management scenarios for minimising noise pollution. 

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Michele Patterson
PhD Candidate

Michele works full-time in Vancouver Island University’s Institute for Coastal Research (ICR) as both Program Manager and as the lead of ICR's Aquatic Foods Initiative (AFI). She is also Adjunct Faculty in VIU’s Geography Department. Prior to coming to VIU in 2010, Michele spent 10 years with WWF-Canada, first as Conservation Director and then as Acting VP, Pacific Region, developing broadly supported, science-based conservation solutions to support sustainable coastal communities in BC.

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Philip Akins
PhD Candidate

Philip is interested in the social-relational dynamics behind the decisions we make as individuals, groups, and societies, and his research involves collaborative dimension of integrated oceans management. His doctoral project focuses on the nature and scope of collaboration in two recent examples of marine protected area (MPA) establishment processes in BC: the Race Rocks Marine Protected Area of Interest, near Victoria, and Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site on BC's north coast. Objectives of the research include better understanding the constraints and opportunities for collaboration in the context of Canada's complex (and contentious) governance landscape, as well as the impact MPA initiatives might be able to make as (potentially) innovative experiments in collaboration.

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Jason Dunham
PhD Candidate

Jason is interested in using spatial closures (no fishing areas) to evaluate the impacts of conventional fisheries management measures in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in British Columbia, Canada.

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Caty Brandon
PhD Student

Caty is currently in the third year of a PhD program exploring the use of 3D geovirtual environments for marine realms. Her PhD research project involves applying 3D GIS and geovirtual technology to communicate wildlife-viewing guidelines to recreational boaters and visitors to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The research contributes to bioregional study of the Salish Sea, which is the shared body of water between British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. Marine mammals are iconic, representational symbols of Salish Sea culture, while whale watching and ecotourism are performative aspects of the culture of the Salish Sea bioregion. This study will evaluate whether or not 3D representations of wildlife-viewing guidelines provide greater learning affordances over 2D representations of the guidelines. Having lived in both Washington State and British Columbia, she has a special interest in the transboundary environmental governance of the Salish Sea and the health of its culture, communities and marine environment.

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Robert Newell
PhD Student

Robert is a PhD student examining the potential immersive virtual environments have for facilitating decision-making around marine and coastal resources. Prior to beginning his PhD, Robert worked as a research associate for the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development program, and one of his responsibilities was exploring creative and interactive ways of disseminating research ideas and getting the greater public involved with the research program. Robert has a keen interest in exploring tools that help broad, diverse audiences understand complex issues concerning the biosphere and sustainability in general. His previous work has included developing environmental education programs for settlement agencies and project leading in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific.

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Norma Serra
Researcher

Norma's research interests include spatial analysis and visualization for marine pollution monitoring and risk assessment, specifically oil pollution from anthropologic marine activities. She currently works as program manager and Marxan trainer for the Pacific Analysis and Research Association. Norma has a strong background in GIS and marine biology, and her previous work includes a GIS Specialist for Environment Canada and Project Manager for the Oil in Canadian Waters project.

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Charles Burnett
Affiliated Researcher

Charles has a background in remote sensing and conservation GIS. His current research interests include disconnections between `western`and indigenous geographies as expressed in geographical knowledge transfer, especially the different aspirations each group has for the next generation of GIS tools. Charles also explores collaborative mapping, community engagement using maps, landscape scale forest ecology, ecoforestry, public participation GIS.

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Ken Josephson
Affiliated Researcher

Ken Josephson works in communications and community mapping in the geography department, and much of what he does is create the visual representations used for public-engagement and community-consultation processes. Through the graphics he provides, people are able to make connections they might not otherwise see or think of or remember, and thus they’re prompted to share key information and intriguing stories that become part of the community record. Main fields of research interests are in encouraging participatory action using maps and art.

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