Jessica is a Research Assistant in the Industrial Engineering department at Dalhousie University. She is currently working on several projects under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Pelot and Dr. Floris Goerlandt which focus on maritime risk governance for marine oil spills and maritime search and rescue preparedness and response. Jessica is also working on a project concerning the Maximum Expected Time of Rescue (METR) in Canadian Arctic waters.
Prior to joining MARS, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, a Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment, and a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University. For her graduate research, Jessica conducted an impact assessment on increased shipping in the Canadian Arctic in response to the Baffinland Iron Ore Mine Phase 2 Project Proposal. Jessica also worked as a research intern at WWF-Canada, evaluating tools for monitoring and compliance of commercial shipping vessels within federally designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The results of her research has been incorporated into the WWF-Canada “Shipping in MPAs toolkit” which provides resources for MPA practitioners and vessel operators to help minimize impacts in Canada.
- Shipping – with special interest on the Arctic region and impacts to Northern communities
- Marine Risk Analysis
- Shipping Governance
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
- Marine Management
- Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)