Research Biologist, Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station
Post-doctoral Researcher, Acadia University
Rob fell in love with Grand Manan when he first came to work as a volunteer research assistant at the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station (GMWSRS) in 1996. While working through his B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences at the University of Alberta, he continued spending his summers at the GMWSRS and developed a keen interest in seabirds. In 1999 he conducted his first research project studying the effects of boat disturbance on Black Guillemots at the northern tip
of Grand Manan Island. In 2001, he and Sarah Wong undertook the first complete census of breeding seabirds in the Grand Manan Archipelago. Since 2005, Rob has been leading the GMWSRS seabird research program studying the foraging ecology, energetics, habitat selection, and migratory behaviour of shearwaters and gulls in the Bay of Fundy. Ultimately, he hopes to apply this research towards the conservation and management of marine animals (e.g. design of Marine Protected Areas, oil spill response, mitigation of fisheries bycatch). Currently Rob is working as a postdoctoral researcher with Phil Taylor at Acadia University where they are studying the interactions between birds and offshore oil and gas platforms in Nova Scotia.
Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-present) Acadia University
Killam/NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010) Dalhousie University
Ph.D. Biology (2008) University of Victoria
B.Sc. Environmental and Conservation Science (2000) University of Alberta