Selected CV

Amanda B. Babin
E-mail: amanda@babin-labs.com, amandab@whalesanctuary.org


     Education

Ph.D., Biology, 2019
Thesis: Reservoir transit and downstream approaches to a large dam by Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Project 2.2 of the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES)

M.Sc., Biology, 2013
Thesis: Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) presence in relation to underwater noise levels at four industrial areas in the Bay of Fundy, Canada
University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

SeaBASS (Bioacoustic Summer School), 2012
Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA
Funded participant, competitively selected

Diploma in University Teaching, 2012
University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

B.Sc., Honours Biology, 2009
Thesis: Examining encounter rates of the nudibranch Onchidoris bilamellata (L.) in relation to Mosimann random motion and Search Theory models
Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada


     Publications

Babin, Amanda, Linnansaari, Tommi, Ndong, Mouhamed, Haralampides, Katy, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2020. Migration of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) smolts in a large hydropower reservoir. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 77: 1463–1476. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2019-0395.

Babin, Amanda, Fitzpatrick, Lauren, Linnansaari, Tommi, and Curry, R. Allen. 2019. Detection range of acoustic receivers in a large hydropower reservoir. Fishes, 4(4): 1-10. doi:10.3390/fishes4040060.

Trippel, Edward, Butts, Ian A.E., Babin, Amanda, Neil, Steven, Feindel, Nathan, Benfey, Tillman. 2014. Effects of reproduction on growth and survival in Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, assessed by comparison to triploids. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 451: 35-43 (JEMBE-D-13_00048R2). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2013.10.030.

     In review

Babin, Amanda, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. Evaluation of downstream passage management strategies for Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolts in a regulated river: free-swim versus trap-and-haul.

Babin, Amanda, Linnansaari, Tommi, Ndong, Mouhamed, Haralampides, Katy, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) post-spawn overwinter and migration behaviour in a large river and reservoir.

Babin, Amanda, Linnansaari, Tommi, Ndong, Mouhamed, Haralampides, Katy, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) upstream migration delay in a large hydropower reservoir.

     Government, Technical, and Scientific Communications

Babin, Amanda. 2016-2019. Research Briefs, American Fisheries Society Fisheries Habitat Section. https://habitat.fisheries.org/author/amandababin/

Babin, Amanda. 2018. A guide to database management and big data. Atlantic Student Research Journal. https://theasrj.com/articles/a-guide-to-database-management

Babin, Amanda, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Curry, R. Allen, Gautreau, Mark, and Jones, Ross. 2016. Evaluation of two alternative by-pass strategies for pre-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the Tobique-Narrows Dam to maximize survival at the mouth of the Saint John River. Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study Report Series 2016-040. Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, 22 p.

Babin, Amanda. 2015. Methods paper: Atlantic Salmon Smolt and Adult Movements. Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study Report Series 2015-013. Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, 13 p.

Mackenzie, Amanda. 2012. Biological Synopsis of the Compound Sea Squirt Diplosoma listerianum. Canadian Manuscript Report on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences no. 2966

Mackenzie, Amanda. 2012. Biological Synopsis of the Light Bulb Tunicate Clavelina lepadiformis. Canadian Manuscript Report on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences no. 2967

Mackenzie, Amanda. 2012. Biological Synopsis of the European Sea Squirt Ascidiella aspersa. Canadian Manuscript Report on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences no. 2968

Hood, Catherine, Babin, Amanda, Babin, Kraig. 2012 Ghost Fishing Gear Report,
Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, sponsored by Species at Risk Habitat
Stewardship Program (2011HSP6086)

Hood, Catherine, Babin, Amanda, Babin, Kraig. 2011. Right Whale Entanglement Report, Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, sponsored by Species at Risk Habitat Stewardship Program (2010HSP5510)


     Work Experience

Primary Responder, Marine Animal Response Society, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Oct 2020-present
– Supervisor: Tonya Wimmer
– Assist with gathering and interpreting information relevant for an Environmental
Assessment

Environmental Analyst, Whale Sanctuary Project, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Oct 2019-present
– Supervisors: Charles Vinick and Lori Marino
– Assist with gathering and interpreting information relevant for an Environmental Assessment

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Technician, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network, Saint Andrews Biological Station, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Jun-Sep 2013
– Supervisor: Gregor Reid
– Designed and tested equipment and created protocols for lab and field experiments related to salmon fecal loss

Data Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Commercial Data Division, Marine House, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Apr-Aug 2011
– Supervisor: Gina Parsons
– Managed quota transfers and quota status reports for Maritime region fisheries
using the Marine Fisheries Information System (MARFIS)

Aquatic Science Technician, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ecosystem Research Division, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Dec 2010-Jan 2011
– Supervisor: Dawn Sephton
– Performed taxonomic identification of Canadian East Coast intertidal and subtidal
macro-invertebrates and algae from rocky and soft-bottom shore habitats
– Responsible for computer data entry and management of lab datasheets

Aquatic Science Technician/YMCA Intern, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ecosystem Research Division, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Jan-Aug 2010
– Supervisor: Dr. Melisa Wong
– Performed field and lab work collecting, sorting, and identifying invertebrates for
the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project under the Census of Marine
Life (CoML)
– Followed lab protocols for water column chlorophyll a and sediment size analyses
– Determined precise wet and dry measurements of invertebrate counts
– Organized voucher collection
– Assisted in building wave exposure devices

Aquatic Science Biologist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Aquaculture and Biological Interactions, St. Andrews Biological Station, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Oct 2009-Mar 2011
– Supervisor: Dr. Edward Trippel
– General fish husbandry and monthly weight/length measurements of cod
– Data analysis of long-term cod growth study
– Collected, reviewed, and summarized pertinent primary literature for the
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) regarding temperature
effects on fish, with a focus on cod reproductive consequences
– Analyzed fishermen’s rope on crab pots with different floating elevations to assess
trade-off with strength while reducing risk of entanglement to North Atlantic Right
Whales

Research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, CCGS Teleost, Gulf Fisheries,
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
– Sep 2009
– Supervisor: Dr. Tom Hurlbut
– 10 day scientific cruise on the Gulf of St. Lawrence
– Identified fish and invertebrate species, collected biological information

Curator of Fishes Assistant, Atlantic Reference Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– May-Aug 2008
– Supervisor: Lou Van Guelpen
– Catalogued and cleanly preserved ~1000 Newfoundland fish from a 50 year old
collection into a database
– Intertidal and subtidal field work for the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project in Cobscook Bay, Maine, USA
– Reorganized museum collection to allow for expansion


     Teaching

     Full instruction

Bio 335 Biology of Marine Mammals, 2019-present
McGill University/ Huntsman Marine Science Centre,
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Lecture on topics including Adaptations, Current Research Techniques, Social
Behaviour and Bioacoustics
– Perform lab sessions on bone identification, age determination using harbor
porpoise teeth, and photo identification of humpback whale flukes
– Long-term marine mammals survey report where students record vessel,
oceanographic, and biological information

Bio 2303 Plant Biology (Lab), 2019
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

     Co-instruction

Bio 335 Biology of Marine Mammals, 2010-2018
McGill University/ Huntsman Marine Science Centre,
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Co-instructed with Dr. Catherine Hood

     Teaching Assistantships

– Biol 3633 Biological Oceanography, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, 2017
– Biol 2008 Applications in Biology, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, 2016
– Biol 1006 and 1017 Applications in Biology, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, 2014-2015
– Biol 1017 Applications in Biology, University of New Brunswick Saint John, 2012-2013
– Biol 4645 Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals, University of New
Brunswick Saint John, 2013
– Biol 3715 Biology of Vertebrates, University of New Brunswick Saint John, 2011-2012
– Biol 3055 Animal Physiology, University of New Brunswick Saint John, 2011-2012
– Bio 335 Biology of Marine Mammals, McGill University/Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 2008-2009
– Biol 3361 Marine Biology: Coastal Systems, Mount Allison University, 2007
– Biol 2101 Population and Community, Mount Allison University, 2007

     Highly Qualified Personnel

Co-supervisor for honours student Lauren Fitzpatrick, 2015-2016
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Second reader for honours student Monica Reed, 2014
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Supervisor: Anna Redden

     Guest lectures

AQUA 450, St. Francis Xavier University, 2020
North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) [Invited oral presentation]

Biol 3633 Biological Oceanography, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, 2019
North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) [Invited oral presentation]

AQUA 100, St. Francis Xavier University, 2019
So, you want to be a marine biologist? [Invited oral presentation]

AQUA 450, St. Francis Xavier University, 2019
North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) [Invited oral presentation]

Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 2019
North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) [Invited webinar]


     Conferences and presentations

      Presented (12 shown of 30)

*indicates presenter

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Ndong, Mouhamed, Haralampides, Katy, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2019. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) pre-smolt and smolt movements in the Saint John River and Mactaquac reservoir. Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Forum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada [Oral Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2018. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) migrations in the large reservoir of the Mactaquac Generating Station. Saint John River Watershed International Cross-Boundary Summit [Webinar]

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2017. Atlantic salmon kelt overwintering behavior and spring migration rates in the Mactaquac Reservoir and Saint John River, Canada. International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA [Oral Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2017. Atlantic salmon movement in the Mactaquac Headpond. Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (CCFFR), Montréal, Quebec, Canada [Oral Presentation]

Linnansaari, Tommi*, Andrews, Samuel, Arluison, Daniel, Babin, Amanda, Dixon, Brittany, Zelman, Kaleb, Peake, Stephan, Yamazaki, Gord, and Curry, R. Allen. 2016. To remove or repair: How is fish passage science informing a decision for the future of a large dam? International Conference on River Connectivity, Fish Passage,
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA [Poster Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2015. Atlantic salmon movement within the Mactaquac Reservoir. 41st annual Atlantic International Chapter-American Fisheries Society (AIC-AFS), Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, Canada [Best Student Oral Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Linnansaari, Tommi, Peake, Stephan, Jones, Ross, and Curry, R. Allen. 2015. Atlantic salmon movement within the Mactaquac Reservoir. 3rd International Conference for Fish Telemetry (ICFT), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Oral Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Terhune, Jack. 2012. Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) presence in relation to underwater noise levels at four industrial areas in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. 19th annual Graduate Research Conference, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada [1st place Oral Presentation]

Babin, Amanda*, Terhune, Jack. 2012. Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) presence in relation to underwater noise levels at four industrial areas in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. 1st Annual Conference of the New England Student Chapter of the Society of Marine Mammology, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, USA [Oral Presentation]

Hood, Catherine, Mackenzie, Amanda*, and Babin, Kraig*. 2011. Engaging Fishermen in Right Whale Stewardship in Southwestern New Brunswick. Fundy North Fishermen’s Association in collaboration with LFA 36 fishermen. Completed with support from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (2010HSP5510). Coastal Community University Research Alliance (CURA) Coastal People and Places conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Poster Presentation]

Trippel, Edward*, Mackenzie, Amanda, and Wright, Peter. 2010. Examining changes in water temperature (short and long term) and their effects on timing and duration of spawning, fecundity, egg size and fertilization success: Demography, degrees and development of scientific advice for fisheries management. EU-FRESH/COST Joint Meeting of NAFO WG on Reproductive Potential, Athens, Greece

Mackenzie, Amanda*, Aiken, Ron. 2009. Examining encounter rates of the nudibranch Onchidoris biamellata (L.) in relation to Mosimann random motion and Search Theory models. Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development (NURD) Symposium, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA [Oral Presentation]

     Conferences and workshops attended (10 shown of 15)

2020. 22nd Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Hayden, Brian. 2018. Stable Isotope Ecology Workshop, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

2017. 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Heard, Steve. 2016. Scientific Writing Workshop, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Dauphin, Guillaume. 2016. Introduction to Bayesian Statistics Lecture and Workshop, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

2013. Canadian Water Network Atlantic Region Media and Communications Workshop: Pass the Mic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2012. Ocean Renewable Energy Group/Marine Renewables Canada Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Michealson, Larry. 2012. Team-Based Learning workshop, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

2012. 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
Tampa, Florida, USA

2009. 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

     Public lectures and panels

Babin, Amanda, Ehler, Luke, LaPierre, Jan, Woodhouse, George, and Sweatman, Mary. 2020. Adventure Earth Centre Panel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Babin, Amanda*. 2019. North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Conservation in the Bay of Fundy. Canadian Parks and Wildnerness Society, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada [Invited Oral Presentation]

Hood, Catherine*, and Babin, Amanda*. 2014. Marine Mammal Adaptations. Huntsman’s Fundy Discovery Aquarium, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Hood, Catherine*, and Babin, Amanda*. 2013. Commotion in the Ocean. Huntsman’s Fundy Discovery Aquarium, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Discussed anthropogenic ocean noise worldwide and in the Bay of Fundy after Dr.
Catherine Hood introduced auditory functions of odontocetes and mysticetes

     Media communications

2019. Interview with William Beatty, videographer for the Province of New Brunswick, North Atlantic Right Whale documentary

2016. Interview with Emma Davie of The Daily Gleaner
https://edaves.wordpress.com/portfolio/students-studying-effect-of-dam-on-salmon/

2014. Radio interview with Roy Gjelstad of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), broadcast on CBC News at 6 http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NB/ID/2461200723/
– News article with CBC on the same topic http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-power-funded-salmon-study-starts-on-mactaquac-headpond-1.2661062

2013. Radio interview with Neville Crabbe of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), broadcast on CBC Radio One http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Maritimes/Information+Morning+-+Saint+John/ID/2402174206/
– News article with CBC on the same topic http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/gigantic-mola-mola-fish-washes-ashore-in-st-andrews-1.1309867


     Scholarships and Awards

Clemens-Rigler Travel Award to attend the Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (CCFFR), 2017
– $150

Graduate Student of the Month, Dec 2016
http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/science/grad/gradofthemonth.html

Best Student presentation at the 41st annual Atlantic International Chapter-American Fisheries Society (AIC-AFS), 2015
– $20 chapter membership reimbursement

Clemens-Rigler Travel Award to attend the Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (CCFFR), 2015
– $210

New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship, 2014
– $7000

Dr. Merrill Edwards Award for second place oral presentation at the 20th annual UNBF Graduate Research Conference, 2013
– $75

Marguerite and Murray Vaughan Graduate Fellowship in Marine Sciences, 2012-2013
– $800

Dr. Merrill Edwards Award for top oral presentation at the 19th annual UNBF Graduate
Research Conference, 2012
– $110

Marguerite and Murray Vaughan Graduate Fellowship in Marine Sciences, 2011-2012
– $1100


     Professional Service

     Anonymous peer-review assignments

Marine and Freshwater Research
Fisheries Management and Ecology
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Aquaculture Environment Interactions

     Conferences and workshops organized

2015. Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) Days, University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

2014. Fish Passage Workshop, University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

     Volunteer Experience (8 shown of 13)

 Coordinator, Whale Sanctuary Project, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Apr-Sep 2019
– Supervisors: Charles Vinick and Lori Marino
– Worked with communities to find an appropriate location to build a sanctuary for
5-8 belugas currently in captivity

Social Media Coordinator, American Fisheries Society Fish Habitat Section
– Feb 2018-May 2019
– Organized and managed a team of volunteer bloggers to post blogs weekly
– Engaged with AFS membership through the blog, Facebook, and other social media
– Provided reports to AFS on social media metrics

Annotated Bibliography, Intervale Associates (Kathleen Blanchard),
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Sep 2013
– Researched Inuit Stewardship programs and initiatives with regard to Arctic species
and climate change observations

Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) dissection leader, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
– Aug 2013
– Lead on the necropsy of a ~350 lbs sunfish
– Directed 21 students from the Biology of Marine Mammals course in collecting organ samples
– Informed interested parties, including the Marine Animal Response Society, the Head Curator of the New Brunswick Museum, the Commissionaire of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Curator of Fishes of the Atlantic Reference Centre.

Science Fair Judge:
– May 2012, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
– Feb 2012, Harry Miller Middle School, Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada
– Mar 2011, Gorsebrook Jr. High School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 Stranding Assistant, Marine Animal Response Society (MARS), Halifax, Nova Scotia
– 2012-present
– Assist with necopsies of deceased marine animals within the Maritime Provinces

Northern Bottlenose Whale acoustic analysis, Dalhousie University/Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Feb-Mar 2011
– Supervisor: Hilary Moors-Murphy
– Listed to and measured inter-click-intervals of Northern Bottlenose Whale click
trains using RavenPro

 Shark Derby volunteer, Rockport, Nova Scotia, Canada
– Aug 2010
– Supervisor: Anna Dorey
– Weighed and took specific measurements of 1 mako and 4 blue sharks
– Performed necropsies to collect further data, including maturity stage and stomach
contents


Memberships

– American Fisheries Society, 2015-present
– Marine Animal Response Society (MARS), 2012-present
– Society of Marine Mammology, 2009-present


Certifications and skillset

– First Aid CPR Level C
– WHMIS and Safety
– Pleasure Craft Operator
– Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 2
– Marine First Aid
– Marine Emergency Duties
– Canadian Council on Animal Care
– PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver
– Database management (SQL)
– Statistical analyses (R)
– Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
– Sea experience as instructor (BoF) and onboard the CCGS Teleost (GoSL)