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Dr. Sarah Dudas is a Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a Biology Professor at Vancouver Island University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. For the last seven years she has led the Ecological Interactions Research Program working with federal and provincial governments, industry and non-profit organizations to study effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. Her research includes investigating marine biodiversity across regional and local scales and the effects of historical and contemporary shellfish farming practices on surrounding ecological communities. Recently, her work has focused on the issue of microplastics and their presence in the marine environment and our seafood.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Holden, Jessica & Collicutt, Brenna & Covernton, Garth & Cox, Kieran & Lancaster, Darienne & Dudas, Sarah & Ban, Natalie & Jacob, Aerin. (2019). Synergies on the coast: Challenges facing shellfish aquaculture development on the central and north coast of British Columbia. Marine Policy. 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.01.001.
Dudas, Sarah; Covernton, Garth; Miller, Matthew R.; Pearce, Chris; Gurney-Smith, Helen; Dower, John;“Does habitat influence bivalve microplastic concentration?” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.404. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/404/
Cox, Kieran & P. Brennan, Lawrence & Gerwing, Travis & Dudas, Sarah & Juanes, Francis. (2018). Sound the Alarm: A Meta‐Analysis on the Effect of Aquatic Noise on Fish Behavior and Physiology. Global Change Biology. 24. 10.1111/gcb.14106.
Collicutt, Brenna; Dudas, Sarah; Juanes, Francis; “The presence of microplastics in juvenile Chinook salmon and their nearshore environments” (2016). 6. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/fate_and_effects_of_pollutants/6/.
Holden, Jessica J; MacNeil, Shaun; Dudas, Sarah; Kingzett, Brian C; Juanes, Francis;“Beach wrack communities within a commercially harvested coastline of the Salish Sea” (2016). 31. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/habitat/31/