Sarah de Mendonça

M.Sc. Candidate

Current Research

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I am a M.Sc. candidate at Dalhousie University in the Department of Oceanography under the supervision of Dr. Anna Metaxas. My research project is connected to CHONe (the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network) and aims to support the broader CHONe II goals to develop better ocean ecosystem conservation strategies. My research will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine the distribution of deep-water corals and other epibenthic megafaunal species (such as such as sea pens, sponges, and echinoderms) on the Northwest Atlantic continental slope and the factors that regulate these ecosystems. Study sites include the St.Anns Bank MPA, the Laurentian Channel AOI, and other surrounding areas. I will combine field sampling using remotely operated vehicles, drop cameras, and sample collection. I will examine spatial structure, abundance, environmental and species associations, as well as perform spatial distribution modelling, and ecological risk analyses to provide a broad perspective to deep-sea conservation. Overall, the study intends to draw conclusions relevant to effective multiscale (local, regional, and global) management of deep-sea ecosystems.

Education 

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

Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, 2017/2018.

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

Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship 2011-2014.

 

Relevant Experience

Deep-sea Coral and Megafauna Video Analyst
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, NS) September 2017- January 2018

Image Analyst (epibenthic megafauna)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, NS). October 2016-March 2017

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.

 

Presentations

de Mendonça, S.(2017). Developing effective monitoring techniques for deep-sea Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): using population dynamics and spatial distribution modeling in the Northwest Atlantic (Poster presentation). Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) meeting. Gattineau, QC.

de Mendonça, S.(2017). Deep-sea population dynamics and spatial distribution modeling in the Northwest Atlantic. CHONe Imagery workshop. St. Andrews, NB on 05/24/2017.

de Mendonça, S.(2016). Megafaunal species distribution in deep-sea conservation areas: Sea Pens in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative (SNEI) Indicators workshop. Montreal, QC.

de Mendonça, S.(2015). Flying Squid: Acceleration and Distance of Purpleback Squid (Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis) Flight Near Miyake-Jima Island, Japan.(Poster Presentation). Lett Symposium. Halifax, NS

de Mendonça, S.(2015). Flying Squid: Acceleration and Distance of Purpleback Squid (Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis) Flight Near Miyake-Jima Island, Japan.(Poster Presentation). Cameron Conference. Halifax, NS

 

Contact Information

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sarahdemendonca
sarah.de.mendonca@dal.ca

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