Laura Bekar, M.Sc. Environmental Scientist
Laura Bekar is an environmental scientist with a background in fish and aquatic biology. She has specialized expertise in aquatic organism physiology and sampling techniques with over six years of experience in fish research and environmental consulting. Since joining Azimuth Laura has worked on a variety of marine, freshwater and terrestrial sites throughout British Columbia and in Nunavut, including mine, harbour, development, and other industrial sites. To date, her primary focus has been on environmental monitoring programs but she has also been involved in ecological risk assessments.
Prior to joining Azimuth, Laura completed her Masters of Science at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis examined the sub-lethal affects of sea lice parasitism on juvenile pink salmon, namely swimming ability and ion regulation. The field components of the thesis work were conducted at a commercial fish farm in the Broughton Archipelago, the epicentre of the sea lice debate in North America. From this work, Laura has two lead author and three co-author designations for publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has presented her thesis work at several meetings and conferences in Canada and the United States, to audiences of broad backgrounds, from academic, to industry, to government.