POST-DOC: Carbon offset development for Canadian Arctic whales- QC-431

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Biology, Life Sciences, Oceanography, Natural Sciences, Family and consumer science, Social Sciences & Humanities
Company: Whale Seeker
Project Length: 6 months to 1 year
Preferred start date: 08/09/2021
Language requirement: Flexible
Location(s): Montréal, QC, Canada; Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellow
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About the company: 

Founded in 2018 by Emily Charry Tissier, Antoine Gagné-Turcotte and Bertrand Charry, Whale Seeker is bridging the divide between profitability and sustainability by making whale detection fast, accurate, and accessible.

Today, their hybrid solutions use human expertise, proprietary AI and aerial imagery to deliver quick, high-quality analysis for marine mammal detection projects of all sizes. Their data supports marine regulation compliance, improves bottom lines, bolsters sustainability, strengthens environmental impact assessments, and ultimately – protects whales.

Describe the project.: 

Whale Seeker is interested in pushing forward whale conservation and carbon credits. We are putting together a research project to fill some gaps in knowledge for us to quantify and certify a carbon offset system in Arctic Canada as a pilot project. By creating a smaller scale use case, we will ideally be able to take the developed framework and apply it more widely in the future.

We plan to conduct a one-year research project with a post-doc, supervised by PIs in marine ecology and conservation economics. The findings will be used to generate the information needed to certify a carbon project for four species found in Canada's Arctic region: narwhals, beluga whales, bowheads, and killer whales. 

Our goal is to get support for this research initiative from industry partners as well as conservation organizations to strengthen our findings and conclusions in a holistic way across industries and interests. 

Required expertise/skills: 

  • Expertise on either cetacean ecology or conservation economics with an interest to extend expertise in both areas.
  • Carbon modelling experience.
  • Carbon credit familiarity