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Researcher Biographies and Quotations

Dr. Susan Allen, Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

University of British Columbia

Allen is a physical oceanographer who studies fluid mechanics including scaling, analytics, laboratory and numerical modelling.  Her areas of expertise include coastal oceanography, mesoscale meteorology and biogeochemical-physical interactions in the ocean. For more information, visit her webpage.

“With this funding we will model how oil and diluted bitumen from a spill would move through the Strait of Georgia in different conditions. We will develop effective ways to communicate the risk to communities, improving their ability to reduce damage to the environment. The model will also provide ocean information to pilots to help reduce accidents.”


Dr. Maycira Costa, Associate Professor, Geography

University of Victoria

Costa is working toward developing research methods to make more effective use of remotely sensed imagery for understanding and monitoring biophysical processes in ocean waters and wetlands, and researching light attenuation in coastal and riverine waters. Her areas of expertise include remote sensing, coastal oceanography, wetlands and biogeophysical processes. For more information, visit her webpage.

“Our research will provide new insights into the spatial and temporal variability of B.C. and southeast Alaska ocean waters along the main migration routes of juvenile salmon. This will be a large effort combining data from ocean satellites and other platforms, such as ships of opportunity and Ocean Networks Canada observatories.”


Dr. Philippe Tortell, Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

University of British Columbia

Tortell is a sea-going oceanographer with broad interests in marine biogeochemical cycles. His current research focuses on understanding the biological, chemical and physical factors regulating oceanic primary productivity, and the concentration of climate active gases including carbon dioxide (CO2), dimethylsulfide (DMS), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). For more information, visit his webpage.

“Our work will provide much-needed information on the trends and potential future trajectories of dissolved oxygen loss across Canada’s three oceans. This information will be critical for understanding an evolving threat to natural ecosystems and commercial marine harvesting activities.”


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