Sarah de Mendonça

M.Sc. Candidate

Current research

I am a MSc. candidate at Dalhousie University in the Department of Oceanography under the supervision of Dr. Anna Metaxas. I will analyze factors that determine spatial distribution and general condition of megafauna (such sarah_de_mendoncaas sea pens, sponges, and echinoderms) and their relevance to the monitoring and managing of deep-sea conservation areas. The project will assess abundance, size-frequency, and fine-scale species distribution across different deep-sea conservation areas in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Potential study areas include the Laurentian Channel, St. Ann’s Bank, and possibly the Flemish Cap. Overall, this study could help to identify and recommend some important factors for consideration, to contribute to the development of effective monitoring strategies and protocols that can be extended to other deep-sea Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Thus, this project will aim to support the broader CHONe II goals to develop better ocean ecosystem conservation strategies.


Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Department of Oceanography
MSc. Candidate
September 2016 – Present

Thesis topic: Factors affecting megafaunal species distribution in deep-sea conservation areas: relevance to the design of effective monitoring and attaining conservation targets.

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
B.Sc. Marine Biology Honours Co-op and An Environmental Impact Assessment Certificate
September 2010 – May 2015

Thesis: Flying Squid: Acceleration and Distance of Purpleback Squid (Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis) Flight near Miyake-Jima Island, Japan.

  • Cameron Conference Poster Presentation 2015
  • Lett Symposium Poster Presentation 2015

Scholarships and Awards

In-Course Yearly Scholarships Dalhousie University, 2012-2015.

Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship 2011-2014.

Relevant Experience

Volunteer – Image Analysis
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, NS). TBA.

Remote Sensing Technician
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, NS)
July 2016 – August 2016.

Marine Biologist and Boat Crew
Island Quest Whale Watching, St. Andrews, NB
June 2015 – September 2015.

Animal Care Technician
Dalhousie University- Carlton Animal Care Facility, Halifax, NS
April 2014 – August 2014.

Phytoplankton Ballast Water Research Assistant
Dalhousie University-Dr.Cullen/MacIntyre Laboratory, Halifax, NS
January 2013 – April 2013.

Aquatron Assistant Summer Biologist
Dalhousie University – Aquatron Laboratory, Halifax, NS
May 2012 – August 2012.

Contact Information

Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography
LSC Ocean Wing, 1355 Oxford St.
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2