Laura Bekar is an Aquatic Ecologist with ten years of professional experience designing and implementing monitoring programs and risk assessments in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments throughout BC and Nunavut. Laura has specialized expertise in mercury dynamics in aquatic systems, aquatic organism physiology and sampling techniques. Laura is our “go to” fish sampling guru and has supported projects in remote and difficult locations.
Laura is often drawn into science policy / regulation projects such as advising Environment Canada on the impacts of “placement” of materials into marine environments for purposes other than mere disposal. She also conducted a review of the impacts of log storage in aquatic environments, focusing on management options to mitigate risks.
Laura’s MSc at UBC involved a large-scale study with controlled laboratory and field-based components, to assess the effect of sea lice parasitism on the swimming performance and ion regulation of juvenile pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago, the epicentre of the sea lice debate in North America.
Laura volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium and enjoys planning the social events at Azimuth.