Geographers talk conservation, sustainability, and policy with the Canadian Health Oceans Network
Geography professor Evan Edinger and PhD student Melinda Agapito recently attended the fourth annual meeting of the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) in Ottawa. The focus of this year's meeting was on translating ocean science into ocean policy, both in terms of providing science advice to government on issues related to ocean health and marine conservation, and in terms of public outreach. Most of the attendees at the meeting were biologists; Melinda and Evan were among the few geographers there.
Launched in 2008, CHONe is an academia-government cooperation, whose major partner is Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The CHONe network is a national marine science network that explores marine biodiversity in Canada’s three oceans. The network’s goals are to provide insights into marine biodiversity in the Pacific, the Arctic, and the Atlantic, and to develop guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources. The CHONe network is based at MUN, but includes researchers and students from 15 Canadian universities.
Melinda presented a poster about her PhD research on GIS-based quantitative approaches to marine conservation planning, a project she has undertaken under the supervision of Rodolphe Devillers and Even Edinger. Evan’s CHONe- funded research focuses on growth rates and habitat mapping of deep-sea corals in British Columbia waters. Other researchers involved in that project include MUN Biology PhD student Barbara Neves, and biologists and biology students from University of Victoria and University of Alberta.
Photo: Melinda Agapito