Nice to meet you. I’m a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia in the Global Ocean Modelling Lab . I am also a scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
As an ecosystem scientist and modeller, I am broadly interested in understanding the structure and function of marine and aquatic ecosystems and in approaches to wisely manage them. In the Canadian DFO Ecosystem Management Branch, I was a scientist advising and coordinating scientific and technical aspects of marine spatial planning and conservation planning. For example, the Northern Shelf Bioregion MPA network for which I received the DFO Prix D’Excellence in 2023.
While pursuing a PhD at UBC’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries (2018 -), I have been working on simulation models that are end-to-end (i.e., from physics to fisheries). Focusing on the Salish Sea, I am using a custom framework (NEMO->Ecospace) to investigate factors affecting early marine survival of juvenile salmon. I have also been investigating ecological interactions between pinnipeds, killer whales, forage fish, and salmon in the Salish Sea. Finally, I hope to apply approaches at the regional or sub-regional scale that have mainly been applied to date at the global scale (e.g., ensemble modelling) to help improve ecosystem model predictions. During my masters work and subsequently, I have developed custom tools and models for freshwater ecosystems and ecological restoration of rivers.
You can also find me @greig_oldford