Dr. Frances Robertson
I am a wildlife biologist, based in Washington State, USA. I am currently a Research Scientist with SMRU Consulting North America and a Mitacs Elevate Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Marine Ecology Lab at SFU with Dr. Isabelle Côté. I have over a decade of marine mammal research experience studying the impacts of human activities on cetacean populations. My research has taken me from the Alaskan Arctic, to British Columbia, Scotland, and the San Juan Islands in Washington State. I have spent months on seismic survey ships implementing marine mammal mitigation and have flown the coast of northern Alaska monitoring for effects of offshore oil and gas activities on bowhead and beluga whales, ice seals, polar bear and walrus.
I earned my Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of British Columbia in the Marine Mammal Research Unit. My doctoral research investigated the effects of seismic survey operations on bowhead whales in the Beaufort Sea. Other research interests include the foraging ecology and habitat selection of minke whales in the Northeast Pacific, and historical whaling by Washington State coastal tribes.