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Leanna Boyer is based on Salt Spring Island, BC and holds the role of Biologist at SeaChange Marine Conservation Society. Leanna’s passions include marine ecology/conservation, community building and resilience, deep nature connection and honouring First Nations’ traditions on unceded territories. Leanna has a Bachelors degree in biology and anthropology and an interdisciplinary Masters of Art. Leanna has been actively engaged in training and supporting community groups to map and monitor eelgrass and bull kelp habitat since 2002 and has volunteered and worked on eelgrass restoration projects. She is working with SeaChange Marine Conservation Society in the areas of nearshore conservation, restoration and stewardship, GIS, project coordination and planning.
Some of the projects she has been involved in include:
- Island Trust Eelgrass Mapping Inventory and Oak Bay Eelgrass Inventory: used a standardized methodology to tow an underwater camera, mapping eelgrass meadow characteristics in the Islands Trust area and Oak Bay municipality, BC.
- Nearshore habitat mapping: map eelgrass from 2008 to present and kelp from 2010 to present in select areas in the Salish Sea via citizen science community mapping efforts in collaboration with community groups and volunteers.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Wright, Nikki N., Ms.; Boyer, Leanna, Ms. “Benefits of Working with Local Governments – A Non-Profit Perspective” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 36. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/salish_sea_snapshots/36/
Costa, Maycira; O’Neill, Jennifer; Boyer, Leanna, “High resolution satellite imagery to map canopy distribution of kelp in the Salish Sea” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 14. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/salish_sea_snapshots/14/