Full CV available on request.
2015- present Ph.D. Candidate, Centre of Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2010- 2013 M.Sc. Zoology Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2003-2009 B.Sc. Biology (Honours), Biology Department, University of Victoria, Department of Biology, Victoria, Canada
- Wildlife Biologist (Seabirds), Environment Canada (03/14 – currently on leave) Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada
- Aquatic (Oceanography) Science Technician (EG-03), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (10/13- 03/14) St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
- Wildlife Technician (Seabirds), Environment Canada (07/13- 12/13) Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada
- Graduate Student, University of British Columbia (05/10- 05/2013) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Endangered Species Project Leader Student, British Columbia Conservation Foundation (05/10- 09/10) Langley, British Columbia, Canada
- Environmental Assessment Biologist , Fisheries and Oceans Canada (12/08-03/11) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Operations Assistant, Centre for Drug Research and Development, University of British Columbia (09/07-01/08) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Lab Research Technician, University of British Columbia (09/06-12/06) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Diving Research Assistant, Parks Canada (05/06-09/06) Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada
14. Avery-Gomm, S, J.F. Provencher, Borrelle, S.B. 2018. Linking plastic ingestion research with marine wildlife conservation. Science of the Total Environment 637–638: 1492–1495. here
13. Seif, S., Provencher, J.F., Avery-Gomm, S., Daoust, P.-Y., Mallory, M.L., Smith, P.A., (In Press) Plastic and non-plastic debris ingestion in three gull species feeding in an urban landfill environment. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. here https://doi.org/10.1007/s00244-017-0492-8
12. Avery-Gomm, S., J.F. Provencher, M. Liboiron, F. E. Poon, P. A. Smith. 2018. Plastic pollution in the Labrador Sea: An assessment using the seabird northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis as biological monitoring species. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 127, 817-822 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.10.001 here
11. Fifield, D.A., Hedd, A., Avery-Gomm, S., Robertson, G.J., Gjerdrum, C., McFarlane Tranquilla, L., 2017. Employing predictive spatial models to inform conservation planning for seabirds in the Labrador Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 4. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00149 here
10. Gallo-Cajiao, E., Jackson, M.V., Avery-Gomm, S. and Fuller, R.A. 2017. Singapore hosts international efforts for conserving migratory waterbirds in the Asia-Pacific. Oryx, 51(2): 206–207. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605317000163. here
9. Provencher, J. Bond, A., Avery-Gomm, S., Borrelle, S., Bravo Rebolledo, E., Hammer, S., Kühn, S., Lavers, J., Mallory, M., Trevail, A., and van Franeker, J. 2017. Quantifying ingested debris in marine megafauna: a review and recommendations for standardization. Analytical Methods, 9, 1454–1469.DOI: 10.1039/C6AY02419J here
8. Avery-Gomm, S., Valliant, M., Schacter, C.R., Robbins, K.R., Liboiron, M., Daoust, P.Y., Rios, L.M., Jones, I.L. 2016. A study of wrecked Dovekies (Alle alle) in the western North Atlantic highlights the importance of using standardized methods to quantify plastic ingestion. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 113, 75–80. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.08.062 here
7. Avery-Gomm, S., Hammer, S., Humphries, G. 2016 Age of the Twitter Conference. Science 352(6292): 1404-1405 here
6. Bond, A.L., Wilhelm, S.I., Robertson, G.J., Avery-Gomm, S. 2016. Differential declines among nesting habitats of breeding birds in Witless Bay,
Newfoundland and Labrador. Waterbirds 39(sp1):143-151. here
5. English, M. D., Robertson, G. J., Avery-Gomm, S., Pirie-Hay, D., Roul, S., Ryan, P. C., Wilhelm, S. I., and Mallory, M. L. 2015. Plastic and metal ingestion in three species of coastal waterfowl wintering in Atlantic Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin 98: 349-353. here
4. Avery-Gomm, S., Rosenfeld, J.S., Richardson, J.S., and Pearson, M. 2014. Hydrological drought and the role of refugia in an endangered riffle dwelling cyprinid, Nooksack Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae ssp.) Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71: 1625-1634. here
3. McCune, J.L, Harrow, B., Avery-Gomm, S., Stinson, C., Lee, C.S., Whitney, C., Halpin, L., Csergo, A.M., Jennings, L., Brogan, J., Davidson, L., Nelson, J., Garani, A. and Whitton, J. 2013. Threats to Canadian Species At Risk: an analysis of finalized recovery strategies. Biological Conservation 166: 254-265. here
2. Avery-Gomm, S., Provencher, J., Morgan, K., and Bertram, D. 2013. Plastic ingestion in marine-associated bird species from the eastern North Pacific. Marine Pollution Bulletin 72: 257-259. here
1. Avery-Gomm, S., O’Hara, P., Kleine, L., Wilson, L.K., Baird, K., and Bowes, V. 2012. Northern Fulmar as biological monitors of plastic pollution in the eastern North Pacific. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 1776-1781. here
REPORTS & THESES
3. McFarlane-Tranquilla, L., Duffy, S.J., Avery-Gomm, S., Roul, S., Cjerdrum, C., Bolduc, F., and Robertson, G.J. 2013. Baseline Surveys for Seabirds on the Labrador Sea (2010-08S). Environmental Studies Research Fund Interim Report.
2. Avery-Gomm, S. 2013. Determining the impacts of hydrological drought on endangered Nooksack dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) at the population and individual level: Implications for minimum environmental flow requirements. M.Sc. Thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1. Avery-Gomm, S. 2007. Photoadaptive responses of Zostera marina L. along a depth gradient. B.Sc. Honours Thesis, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
RESEARCH GRANTS | SCHOLARSHIPS
- 2017 National Environmental Sciences Program Threatened Species Recovery Hub $3,000 for research related to developing an Australian Threatened Species Index
- 2017-2019 University of Queensland Research Training Scholarship
- 2015-2018 National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Graduate Scholarship
- 2015-2017 Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
- 2011 Habitat Trust Conservation Fund $10,000 for “Determining critical instream flow needs for Nooksack Dace”
- 2010 Canadian Wildlife Fund $10,800 for “Determining critical instream flow needs for Nooksack Dace”
- Avery-Gomm, S. 2017. Understanding threats to seabirds and using decision science to improve conservation outcomes. Biology 6000 Seminar, University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. November 18.
- Avery-Gomm, S., Richardson, J.S., Rosenfeld, J.S. 2012. Assessing the impacts of anthropogenically driven low flow, and the role of refugia, in an endangered riffle dwelling minnow. Integrated Fluvial Sciences Seminar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 13.
- Avery-Gomm, S., O’Hara, P.D., Kleine L., Bowes, V., Wilson, L.K., Barry K. 2011. Plastic ingestion in Northern Fulmars from the Eastern North Pacific. Northern Fulmar Working Group Workshop. Texel, the Netherlands. October 9.
SELECTED CONTRIBUTED PRESENTATIONS (Total = 14)
- Avery-Gomm, S., Maloney, R., Iacona, G., Drew, K.C., Runge, M.C., Rumpf, L., Possingham, H.P., Gerber, L.R. 2017. Cost-effective Conservation Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. International Congress for Conservation Biology. Cartagena, Colombia. July 24. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., Fuller, R., Bentley, L., Chalpouka, M., Hammill, E., Paleczny, M.P., Wilcox, C., Hardesty, D., Possingham, H.P. 2016. A new database to elucidate global seabird population trends. 44th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group. Tacoma, USA. Feb 25. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., Fuller, R., Hammill, E., Paleczny, M.P., Pauly, D., Possingham, H.P. 2016. Historical data sheds new light on global declines in seabird populations. 4th Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conservation Congress. Brisbane, Australia. July 7. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., Fifield, D. A., Robertson, G. J., Gjerdrum, C. 2015. Seasonal seabird densities in the Labrador Sea: A critical post-breeding migration corridor. 2nd World Seabird Conference, Cape Town, South Africa. October 27. Poster
- Avery-Gomm, S., Fifield, D. A., Robertson, G. J., Gjerdrum, C. 2015. Seasonal at-sea densities of seabirds in the Labrador Sea. Society for Canadian Ornithologists, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. July 18. Poster
- Avery-Gomm, S., Richardson, J.S., Rosenfeld, J.S. 2012. Assessing the impacts of drought and the role of refugia in an endangered riffle dwelling minnow. Ecological Society of America Conference, Portland, OR, USA. August 9. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., O’Hara, P.D., Kleine L., Bowes, V., Wilson, L.K., Barry K. 2012. Northern fulmars as biological monitors of trends in small-sized plastic pollution. 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada. August 16. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., Richardson, J.S., Rosenfeld, J.S. 2012. Impacts of low flow on the fate and fitness of an endangered stream-dwelling cyprinid, Nooksack Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae spp.). Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference, BC, Canada. March 5. Talk
- Avery-Gomm, S., Bowes, V., Wilson, L.K., Barry K. 2010. High incidence rates of ingested plastic found in Northern Fulmar: Evidence of increasing plastic pollution in the North Pacific. 1st World Seabird Conference, Victoria, Canada. September 10. Poster
VOLUNTEER & ACADEMIC SERVICE
- Journal Referee (PLoS One, Global Change Biology, Hydrobiologia, Marine Pollution Bulletin)
- Chair, World Seabird Union Specialist Committee on Plastic Pollution (12/17-present)
- Member, Seabird Working Group of the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) (1/17-present)
- Student Representative, Australasian Seabird Group (3/16-present)
- Social Media (Journal of Marine Ornithology, Pacific Seabird Group, Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions)
- Canadian Regional Representative, Pacific Seabird Group (1/15-2/17)
- Board Member, Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society (CPAWS) (12/13-08/15)
- Student Sub-unit Representative, American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter (08/12-02/13)
- Vice President, American Fisheries Society British Columbia Student Sub-Unit, (09/11-09/12)
- Student Representative, American Fisheries Society Canadian Aquatic Research Section (09/11- 04/13)
- Zoology Department Councilor, University of British Columbia Graduate Student Society (09/11-09/12)
- Organizing Committee, Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference (04/10-04/11)
CERTIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Canadian Bird Banding Sub-permit (~500 birds/ ~200 hrs including alcids, gulls, kittiwakes, storm petrels & shorebirds)
- PADI Divemaster (200 hours): Logged 350+ dives, including 75 scientific dives.
- Wilderness Remote First Aid/ Survival Training (25 hours): Red Cross first aid/CPR, adapted to remote environments.
- Basic Survival Training (BST; 40 hours): Offshore emergency response and survival training, including HEUBA & HUET.
- Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP; 28 hours): Required training for operation of commercial vessels.
- British Columbia Electrofishing Crew Leader (12 hours): Required training in British Columbia, focused on electrofishing theory, safety and practices, with field component.
- Swiftwater Operations (15 hours): Course emphasizes the identification of risks, self rescue, and low-risk, shore-based or boat-based options for rescuing others.
- Canadian Firearms Safety Course (7.5 hours): Firearm operation and safety, required prior to obtaining my Firearms Possession and Acquisition