Area of Expertise:
Isobel Pearsall has a First Class degree in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University, a M.Sc. in Ecology from the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the Department of Plant Science, UBC. After her Ph.D. studies, she taught at San Diego State University, and was then a post-doctoral fellow in Ecosystem Management at the Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo. Since 1995, she has worked as a scientist on numerous contracts for government, non-profit organizations and private industry.
Dr. Pearsall is the Project Coordinator (Canada) for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a transboundary $20M program set to address declines in Chinook, Coho and Steelhead in the Salish Sea. Over 60 organizations, representing diverse philosophies and encompassing most of the region’s fisheries and marine research and management complex, are working together on this massive transboundary effort. The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Long Live the Kings are working together to coordinate efforts in the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound, respectively.
Isobel is also Project Lead for the Strait of Georgia Data Centre, an online hub established in collaboration with the Institute of the Ocean and Fisheries, UBC. The Strait of Georgia Data Centre holds data for ecological, environmental and human use data for the Strait of Georgia.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Esenkulova, Svetlana and Pearsall, Isobel, “Harmful algae in the Strait of Georgia, citizen science data” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 49.
Curran, Terry; Pearsall, Isobel; and Skinner, Benjamin, “Strait of Georgia Data Centre” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 595. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/595
Pearsall, Isobel A., Dr.; Curran, Terry; Flagg, Ryan, ” A Citizen Science Program for Oceanographic Sampling in the Strait of Georgia” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 56. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/species_food_webs/56/
Hunter, K.L. & Wade, J & Stortini, Christine & Hyatt, Kim & Christian, J.R. & Pepin, Pierre & Pearsall, Isobel & Nelson, Mark & Perry, R & Shackell, Nancy. (2015). Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Workshop Proceedings.