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Dr. Tanya Brown

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Tanya is a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in West Vancouver with the Ocean Sciences Division. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University with the School of Resource and Environmental Management and at the University of Windsor with the School of Environment. She has been studying marine mammals and marine mammal and fish ecotoxicology since 2005. Her past research has focused in large part on understanding the influence of habitat use and feeding ecology that drive contaminant exposure in ringed seals and the impacts on their health. Previous work also included assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems and developing marine benthic habitat classification schemes for areas of value to Inuit in Nunatsiavut.

Tanya leads a team of graduate students and researchers seeking to identify principal routes of exposure to priority contaminants and to understand how environmental changes and anthropogenic stressors are impacting valued ecosystem components such as, killer whales, beluga whales, ringed seals, Arctic char and Chinook salmon.


Her research uses habitat use modelling, dietary tracers, and ‘omics technologies to identify the principal routes of exposure for these contaminants and to assess the health of fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Through our research we aim to help improve the marine environment and recover at-risk species.

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