Board of Directors
email: andrew.w.bateman at gmail dot com
Andrew Bateman is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Martin Krkosek, at the University of Toronto, and Mark Lewis, at the University of Alberta. He uses mathematical models, paired with data, to ask ecological questions. After first coming to Salmon Coast Field Station in 2008 to help look into the effects of chemical treatment on salmon farms, he now investigates the potential for sea lice in BC to evolve resistance to the chemicals used to control their abundance and associated impacts on farmed and wild salmon. Having completed PhD research at the University of Cambridge, UK, studying the population biology of cooperative breeders (meerkats), Andrew is happy to be back in BC, working on salmon. He is excited by the role that Salmon Coast can play in connecting people and facilitating research that is important to conservation, management, and local communities.
email: martin.krkosek at utoronto dot ca
Dr. Martin Krkosek is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, having recently finished his posting as a lecturer in zoology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed his PhD in 2008 on the conservation ecology of sea lice and salmon in British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Lewis (Canada Research Chair in mathematical biology at the University of Alberta) and Dr. John Volpe (Seafood Ecology Research Group at the University of Victoria). He was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for his doctoral dissertation. Martin’s interests lie in the sustainability and conservation of coastal systems, particularly as influenced by infectious disease. He uses mathematical tools in his work by developing theory and synthesizing datasets to address important policy relevant questions. Much of Martin’s work focuses on how salmon aquaculture changes the ecology of a native host-parasite system (sea lice and salmon), and how this affects the conservation of wild Pacific salmon. See more in “Current Research.”
email: gorbuscha at gmail dot com
Alexandra (Hubbard) Morton was born in 1957. Her childhood dream to study animals led her to study killer whales, first in an aquarium in Los Angeles, then in their natural setting in British Columbia. Following a captive whale’s family into Johnstone Strait, she moved to the Broughton Archipelago in 1980. Alexandra and her late husband, filmmaker, Robin Morton, moved to Echo Bay in 1984, led by the matriarch orca, Scimitar. Alexandra’s research began by publishing on the transient orca, but has since become a renowned scientific voice with regards to salmon and aquaculture. While her research on whales continues, she believes that, at some point, one must move from researching to ensuring that their research subject survives the current decade. Thus, she has spent a lifetime working to scientifically determine if salmon farming had driven out the whales and caused epidemic outbreaks of bacteria, viral and parasitic infections in wild salmon. By partnering with international scientists and in some cases commercial fishermen, Alexandra has documented the loss of killer whales, thousands of escaped farm salmon, lethal outbreaks of sea lice, and antibiotic resistance near salmon farms.
email: ms.scott.rogers at gmail dot com
Working for this coast, Scott Rogers graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies in 2003, specializing in conservation and marine biology. During and after her undergraduate studies, she has prioritized her work around projects and organizations whose goals emphasize the protection and reinvigoration of this coastline, both through research and education. Scott came to the Broughton Archipelago as a research volunteer, determined to see first-hand the scientific findings regarding aquaculture and its impacts on wild salmon. As research progressed and the SCFS evolved, she chose to continue working for the Broughton ecosystems, contributing to the science that has helped protect its salmon. For Scott, it has been an amazing opportunity to work with “top minds in the field and to witness the interface between science and management.” Through participation with local communities, the research community, and visitors to the area, Scott hopes to continue keeping this science alive, and aiding to provide future opportunities for other keen scientists.
email: jenniferschine at gmail dot com
Jennifer Schine has made Salmon Coast one of her homes since 2009, when she first visited the station as a volunteer. This initial visit to Echo Bay was the catalyst and inspiration for her MA thesis, where she recorded the disappearing coastal soundscape and the life story of a local Echo Bay elder, Billy Proctor. Jennifer has experience working as an ethnographer with communities from Cape Town to New York City and throughout Canada. Passionate about public engagement and collaborative projects, she has extended her academic work into film, radio, and art installations. As an educator, Jennifer teaches courses and leads workshops in both the city and the wilderness, including Salmon Coast’s first multi-day arts workshop. Jennifer holds an MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a BA in anthropology from the University of Victoria, and is excited to help raise the station’s profile by partnering with scientists, artists, and local stakeholders.
email: myecophilia at gmail dot com
Michelle Young considers herself very fortunate to have spent much of her childhood in the Broughton Archipelago, including attending Echo Bay Elementary School. Growing up on Gilford Island has had a tremendous impact on her life. She is now a chartered accountant, living in another small coastal community on Sonora Island. Her passion for the ocean has led her to pursue a career in marine conservation. Michelle finds serving on the SCFS Board of Directors a rewarding experience, as it enables her to give back to the community that helped shape her life.