Christine A. Ward-Paige

Independent researcher, Dalhousie University

I am an independent researcher, and founder of eOceans.org (eShark, eManta).

I am particularly interested in describing spatial and temporal distributions of marine animal populations, especially sharks and rays in areas that lack data. By linking these observations with other sources of data, I aim to understand human use patterns, threats and conservation needs. I'm also very interested in evaluating the success of different conservation strategies.

My research program specializes in crowdsourcing observations, mostly from scuba divers & snorkelers. I use these data to describe local, regional and global patterns in marine ecosystems and human use patterns. My focus is on sharks and rays, but other species are also sought (seals, turtles, jellyfish, etc.). Since its inception, recreational divers have contributed more than 1.5 million dive records to eOceans projects. These studies have been published in peer-reviewed papers, and have supported policies that protect sharks and rays at the regional, national and international level.

I believe that conservation and sustainable use of marine ecosystems will be best achieved through a participatory approach to data collection and management design.

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow of Marine Conservation Biology, Founder of eOceans.org, Dalhousie University

Education

  • 2010 
    Dalhousie University, PhD