Lyne Morissette

Lab Member Fall 2007 – Spring 2009

Currently PostDoc at University of Guelph

Lyne holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research involved analyzing the resilience of marine ecosystem models of the world, examining the effect of marine mammal predation, and developing specific models for the Gulf of St. Lawrence (eastern Canada). She also contributed to the Sea Around Us Project. Beginning in 2003, she taught diverse marine ecology courses (Mammalogy, Marine Ecosystem Functionning, Population Dynamics, Mairne Ecology) at Université du Québec à Rimouski. Her research interests brought her to the Gerber Lab to focus on the interactions between whales and fisheries in marine ecosystems.

Her postdoctoral research focused on the potential competition between whales and fisheries in three areas: Northwest Africa, the Caribbean Sea and Southwest Pacific. She used the Ecopath with Ecosim modelling approach to construct ecosystem models characterizing the food web structure and examine the trophic impacts of marine mammals. The models were also used as a predictive framework for examining the ecosystem impacts of changes in abundance of large whales, and as an interactive tool in stakeholder workshops that were held in the study areas. This research was part of the Lenfest Ocean Program, supporting scientific research on living marine resources that aimed to help decision makers both understand the causes and consequences affecting the global marine environment, and design and implement policies that would sustainably manage ocean ecosystems.