Natalie Richard

        Coordinates

         
        

         Email: Nr8136@mun.ca
         Cell: (709) 986-1250

 


Supervisor 

Charlie Mather

Committee Members

Charlie Mather, Max Liboiron, & Dean Bavington - Memorial University

Title of Project

Quantitative survey of microplastic found in the intestinal track of capelin and Atlantic cod, Newfoundland, Canada

Research Project Description

My current project is to replicate the type of study conducted by Rochman et al. “Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption” (2015), which has set the standard for assessing the presence of anthropogenic debris in fishes on sale for human consumption. This type of study has never been conducted in Newfoundland. Currently, our project focuses only on cod, and is funded by Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) under the supervision of Dr. Max Liboiron (PI), Dr. Charles Mather, and Dr. Dean Bavington (Co-Is). Both grants focus on generating quantitative baseline data of microplastic in Newfoundland using accredited laboratory and citizen science methods.

The purpose of this project is to understand whether, how many, and what types of plastic are in the guts of capelin (Mallotus villosus) and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), the two most common species of fish landed in Newfoundland for human consumption. The secondary purpose of this project will be to develop a biomonitoring protocol suitable for citizen science to be used by fishermen and women, teachers, and other interested citizens to carry out similar investigations.

Research Interests 

Marine Plastic
Beluga Whales
Fisheries
Ocean Conservation

Research Groups

Marine Plastic Lab, Memorial University Sociology and Geography, F.A.S.T. Lab Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage Alaska

Previous Education

Psychology and Marine Biology B. A. Alaska Pacific University

Teaching Experience

TA Tropical Ecology, Alaska Pacific University in Peru
TA Physical Geography, Memorial University

Publications 

In the process of completing my first publication on the Persistence of Cook Inlet beluga whales in conjunction with the F.A.S.T lab at Alaska Pacific University

Presentations 

Lomac-MacNair, K., M.A. Smultea, L.S. Kendall, S. Wisdom, N. Richard, and C.E. Bacon. 2014. Cook Inlet beluga whale monitoring in central and upper Cook Inlet from vessel, land and aerial platforms during spring, summer and fall of 2012. Poster Presentation, NMFS Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Conference. 5 April 2014. Anchorage, Alaska.

Smultea, M.A., K. Lomac-MacNair, C.E. Bacon, D. Steckler, N. Richard, C. Thissen, and K. Lindberg. 2014. 2013 Spring, Summer and Fall Habitat-use and Behavior Patterns of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales in Upper and Central Cook Inlet Based on Weekly Aerial Surveys. Abstract, NMFS Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Conference. 5 April 2014. Anchorage, Alaska.

Lomac-MacNair, K., M.A. Smultea, L.S. Kendall, S. Wisdom, N. Richard, and C.E. Bacon. 2014. Marine mammal monitoring in central and upper Cook Inlet from vessel, land and aerial platforms during spring, summer and fall of 2012 and 2013. Poster presentation, Alaska Marine Science Symposium. 20-24 January 2014. Anchorage, Alaska.

Awards and Distinctions

Recognized in the American Fisheries Society Journal for my work completed on endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Current Memberships

American Fisheries Society
Fundraiser Chair for International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC)

Contact

Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca