Beatrice Proudfoot

Office: SN 1027


Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and Dr. Craig Brown (NSCC)

Research Groups:

Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe II)

Teaching Experience:

University of British Columbia – Morphology and Evolution of Bryophytes (BIOL 321), Winter 2013
University of British Columbia – Non Vascular Plants (BIOL 209), Fall, 2013

Awards and Distinctions:

• Vancouver Island University Dean’s List
• University of British Columbia Dean’s List
• Bamfield Marine Sciences Center Summer Scholarship
• UBC Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students
• UBC Jamie Smith Memorial Award Scholarship

Previous Education

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications, Vancouver Island University. April 2015
BA – Interdisciplinary degree in Biology and Anthropology – University of British Columbia, August 2013

Title of Project:

Seascape Ecology in Newman Sound, Newfoundland

Research Project Description:

Using high resolution multibeam data and underwater video and image based analysis, I plan to explore how elements of landscape ecology, such as habitat fragmentation and connectivity can be applied to marine environments in order to better understand how landscape patterns influence benthic
biodiversity. The specific project/thesis aims are to investigate organism-landscape interactions to show how vulnerable/important species use the area inside and outside the Round Island MPA, study how seafloor landscape patterns influence benthic biodiversity, identify variability in landscape patterns and benthic biodiversity across spatial scales and to investigate how landscape pattern evaluation can influence and guide potential expansion of the Eastport (Round Island) MPA.


Proudfoot, B. and Wickham, S. Black bears (Ursus americanus) as possible vectors of bi-directional nutrient transfer in marine and terrestrial systems inferred from their late summer diets. The Arbutus Review (2014)
Proudfoot, B. (2013) A comparison of anti-fungal properties of various preparations of the leaves of western red cedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don). BMSC Student Library: Ethnobotany, 2013.
Proudfoot, B. (2011) Prevalence and effectiveness of the parasitic isopod, Portunion conformis in two species of shore crabs in Barkley Sound, B.C. BMSC Student Library: Marine Invertebrate Zoology, 2011.

Research Interests

Marine Protected Area design and monitoring
Marine benthic habitat mapping
Seascape ecology
Marine and coastal biodiversity and conservation



Department of Geography

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