Lauren McWhinnie

David Turpin Building
GIS Laboratory Rm A236
Department of Geography
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8W 3R4

Phone: 1-250-472-4624



Lauren recieved a first class degree with honours in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Edinburgh Napier University, she then went on to recieve her PhD from Heriot-Watt University where her work focussed on developing GIS-based tools to aid Marine Spatial Planning and Decision Making. Continuing on from her PhD studies Lauren has worked on several projects ranging from data analysis work to organising workshops and outreach events before joining the CORAL research team at the University of Victoria. In addition to her postdoc work here in Canada she is also fostering links and working collaborations with universities in Scotland through student projects and research projects. Lauren sits on the MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) Marine Planning and Governance forum steering group and also helped to establish ScienceSea Sketched an initative for communicating marine science throught the use of cartoons. 


Laurens research is concerned with Marine Spatial Planning, aquaculture, marine conservation and management, MPAs, climate change and the inclusion/ integrations of stakeholders within marine planning processes. Her current research focuses on quantifying and modelling current and future ship-source marine noise exposure to marine mammals and how we can use this knowledge to better inform policy makers, planners and stakeholders and ultimately aid decision making. She enjoys participatory and collaborative research that directly connects the process of research with the wider community.