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Ph.D. Candidate McGill University (started 09/2009)
M.Sc. UQAR 2008
B.Sc. McGill University 2003
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Integrating distribution and behaviour to identify critical habitats: a case study focused on St Lawrence beluga whales
In recent decades, the identification of critical habitats has been central to major conservation laws protecting endangered species in North America. The focus on critical habitats of endangered species follows evidences that habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are the main drivers of modern species extinction, range contraction and decreased abundance. Identifying and conserving critical habitats is thus considered an essential step in minimising the effects of habitat loss on endangered species. However, approaches used to identify critical habitats vary greatly across different species, ecosystems and designation context. There is hence a necessity to develop specific approaches for the effective identification of critical habitats of endangered species.
The St Lawrence population of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) is classified as threatened under the Canadian Species At Risk Act and non-recovering despite over 30 years of protection. Reasons for this situation are unclear, but may include several factors related to the quality of available habitats. This underlines the urgent need to define and protect the critical habitat of this endangered population.
My general research objectives are thus to:
Created: January 2010
Last Updated: January 2014