About me

I completed my MSc from the University of Victoria, where I studied under Tony Gaston (Environment Canada) and John Dower (University of Victoria), examining changes in seabird diet and plastic ingestion the Canadian Arctic. I am currently a PhD student at Carleton University, studying under Grant Gilchrist (Environment Canada) and Mark Forbes (Carleton University). My PhD research focuses on investigating the links between parasites and contaminants in eider duck reproduction and health. In addition I am also interested in parasites, plastics, diet changes and contaminants in other marine bird species in all three of Canada’s oceans, and work with collaborators across the country to address these issues.

My broader interests include science communication and education. I completed my BEd and BSc at the University of British Columbia, before going on to actively work in both research and science communication at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. I have be working in the north, from Alaska to Norway, since 2003, with a focus on Nunavut and Nunavik since my involvement with the International Polar Year (2007-2008).

I am also one of the co-leads of the annual Wildlife Contaminants Workshop, an annual collaboration between Environment Canada and the Nunavut Arctic College, which has been funded by the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments and is currently funded by the Northern Contaminants Program. The workshop uses marine birds collected in Nunavut communities to teach the Environmental Technology Program students at the Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Nunavut about research programs in the north, and how this research is used to study changes in northern ecosystems as related to contaminants, infectious disease, and wildlife management.

I am also working with the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative (AMBI), a project of the CAFF  (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) working group under the Arctic Council. AMBI’s objectives are to protect Arctic migratory birds through conservation actions along the entire migratory paths of breeding Arctic birds, with the purpose to contribute to the protection of Arctic lifestyles and peoples, and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. I am a member of the AMBI Steering Committee, the co-chair of the Americas Flyway Working Group and a member of the Circumpolar Flyway Working Group. We are working on a number of Arctic marine bird projects, including seabird bycatch in Arctic regions (along with our partners at Bird Life International), and studying the impacts of white geese on shorebird habitat across the North American Arctic.

Currently, I am also on the board of APECS Canada.

You view my Google scholar profile here.

You can also follow me on Twitter (@jenni_pro) and on Flickr (jennipro).

You can read more about me on my CV.