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Le personnel de CDC CA

Sean Blaney, Executive Director and Senior Scientist
I grew up in Belleville, Ontario in a family interested in nature, especially birds. My intense early interest in birding led to eight summers of employment during high school and university in the interpretive program at Algonquin Provincial Park, where I developed a strong interest in field bot any. After various biological fieldwork jobs in Ontario and a Master’s Degree studying the Comparative seed ecology of native and exotic old field plants at University of Toronto, I came to the Martimes as the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre’s Botanist in 1999. Since then I have had the privilege of travelling throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island studying plants in the field, and working daily to further document the status and distribution of the region’s vascular plants, mosses and lichens.

In 2014, I became Executive Director of the AC CDC. In this position I oversee all staff and activities, do strategic planning and project development, and interact with our Board of Directors, NatureServe and NatureServe Canada and other partners. I also retain primary responsibility for the Maritimes Botany program, and serve on the COSEWIC Vascular Plants Species Specialist Committee, the National General Status of Wildlife Working Group, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Recovery Team in Nova Scotia.
Colin Chapman
Colin Chapman, Botanist / Lichenologist
I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Fortunately my family was big on camping and hiking, so I naturally gravitated towards studying our natural heritage. At the University of Ottawa I studied hybridization between certain Arctic plants; this is where my love of plants and their crazy life strategies really took off. After my B.Sc. I shifted my focus south with a Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. I spent an amazing few years in the Carolinian and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest zones, where I made many significant discoveries during biological inventory with Royal Botanical Gardens and Credit Valley Conservation.

I joined the AC CDC team in early 2018 and have been involved in many vascular plant inventories and field studies targeting Species At Risk lichens and plants throughout the Maritimes. I have been the lead author of the Illustrated Flora of PEI, a project initiated in 2017 by the AC CDC in partnership with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and Nature PEI.

John Klymko, Zoologist
I grew up in Kitchener, Ontario. From a young age I had a general interest in nature, but it wasn't until high school and the offer of a free t-shirt to participate in the Baillie Birdathon that my passion for field biology really took off. After that I devoted all my summers away from school to something biology related - naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park and a research assistant for botanical, entomological, and herpetological studies.

After completing my Master's degree in insect taxonomy I worked in environmental consulting for a few years. In 2009 I moved to the Maritimes to be the zoologist at the AC CDC. Since joining I have been the director of the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas , a citizen-science project that documents to the distribution of our butterfly species across the Maritimes. I have also conducted numerous inventories of pollinators, dragonflies and butterflies, and have participated in a variety of bird and plant studies.

Caitlin Porter, Botanist / Ecologist
My professional background follows a primarily conservation and biodiversity related route, grounded in my love of nature and for the Maritimes. I grew up exploring the Great Village River in Nova Scotia, where declines of Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon and access to the West Colchester Consolidated School (WCCS) library inspired me to want to be a biologist at a young age. Friends and family within our close-knit rural community along the shore encouraged me to follow this path in countless ways.

I completed my BSc (honours) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus in environmental biology. I distinctly remember one of my first botany lectures, where I’d learned about the co-evolution of flowers and pollinators, and I wondered if this could explain why flowers along the shoreline of the river in my hometown were mostly violet coloured. Shortly thereafter, in 2004, I spent my first summer in the field working in 3M teaching Fellow Dr Kate Frego's lab studying bryophyte diversity in the Acadian Forest.

Since that time, I’ve cherished every fieldwork opportunity, for the pursuit of a frontier of knowledge as much as spending time outdoors. For my MSc thesis I worked in Dr. Jeremy Lundholm's EPIC (Ecology of Plants in Communities) lab at Saint Mary’s University, which led me into a decade + long collaboration between the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry (NS L&F) and SMU toward a classification of plant communities across Nova Scotia’s much overlooked barrens ecosystems. I am proud of our recent publication, “Barrens ecosystems in Nova Scotia: classification of heathlands and related plant communities”. During the course of this work, I had the opportunity to join the AC CDC in expeditions across the Polletts-Cove Aspy Fault Wilderness Area in the Cape Breton Highlands, which fully cemented a long-standing admiration I’ve had for the folks at the AC CDC. I am thrilled to be a part of the team!

James Churchill, Conservation Data Analyst / Field Biologist
Born in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, my earliest memories of childhood involve late-night frog hunts in the Kentville Ravine and attending Barred Owl banding nights with Bernard Forsythe. Following a stint chasing Gulf Coast Toads in Belize (BScH Biology, Acadia University), I fell in love with birds while helping to run a migration monitoring station, and learning to earbird in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia (Smithsonian Conservation Research Center). This led to an in-depth exploration of American Redstart off-territory movement and extra-pair fertilization success in northern Alberta (MSc Environmental Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta). Then, following an around-the-world trip, I gained extensive GIS experience through the Applied Geomatics Research Group, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and various consulting positions.

As a Conservation Data Analyst at the AC CDC (since November 2013) my main role is to maintain the CDC data system in a state that allows reliable and efficient access to highly-accurate geospatial biodiversity data for the numerous data users across the Maritime Provinces. In this role, I fulfill hundreds of annual data requests, carry out GIS projects involving geospatial analysis, mapping, programming and tool development…and squeak in some time to help design and implement bird surveys.

Charity Robicheau, Conservation Data Analyst
I am originally from Deer Lake, Newfoundland and I currently reside in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Growing up on the west coast of Newfoundland granted me endless opportunities to explore the Humber River valley and Gros Morne National Park, which fostered my love for the outdoors. Inspired by my experiences in these wondrous landscapes, I commenced my post-secondary education at Memorial University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Geography. I then pursued an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and discovered a passion for geomatics, specifically for spatial analyses and cartography. I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience while employed by the University of New Brunswick and the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG), where I was able to further develop my skills in geomatics, specifically through field work. While working with AGRG, I completed a Master of Science in Applied Geomatics from Acadia University.

Since starting with the AC CDC in June of 2019 as a Conservation Data Analyst, I have worked on a variety of projects including species distribution modelling and suitability modelling for species at risk. I also complete data requests, develop scripts to support data management processes, aid with database maintenance and carry out a variety of GIS-related tasks.

Jocelyn Pender, Conservation Data Analyst
Mon amour du monde naturel vient de mon humanité. Qui peut dire après avoir passé du temps dans un pré ou une forêt que leur moral n'est pas remonté ?! Pour reconnaître la joie que me procure la biodiversité de notre planète, j'utilise mes compétences en données et en informatique pour soutenir la conservation de la biodiversité à travers mon travail au CDC CA.

J'ai débuté ma carrière interdisciplinaire avec un B.Sc. en sciences de l'environnement, spécialisation en biodiversité et conservation. Par la suite, avec le Dr Julian Starr comme superviseur, j'ai exploré le passé évolutif des carex nord-américains pour obtenir une M.Sc. en bioinformatique. Mon expérience professionnelle comprend un passage en tant qu'analyste de données dans une start-up technologique, où j'ai maîtrisé l'art d'un délai d'exécution rapide des demandes de données. À Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, j'ai participé à la création d'une plateforme Web pour héberger Flora of North America.

J'ai rejoint le CDC CA à l'été 2021 en tant qu'analyste des données de conservation. Depuis lors, j'ai répondu à des demandes de données CDC CA, préparé des ensembles de données à charger dans notre base de données et commencé à travailler sur plusieurs projets d'optimisation de flux de travail. J'aime rédiger une documentation de haute qualité, automatiser les flux de travail, améliorer les normes de données internes et établir de bons canaux de communication avec nos clients et fournisseurs de données. De plus, j'aime construire des modèles spatiaux comme des modèles de distribution d'espèces.

Adam Durocher, Data Manager (NL)
I grew up in Belle River, Ontario with an intense love of maps from as far back as I can remember. Drawing maps, fantasizing about visiting the islands, points and peninsulas I would note, and a never-ending appetite to learn about far-off places led me to develop a love for Geography and History that would then lead me into my BSc Physical Geography Degree at the University of Windsor. It was at the University of Windsor that I would discover Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and find the course that I wanted my life to take.

After complimenting my university education by attaining an advanced diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, I accepted the Assistant Data Manager position with the AC CDC at their satellite office in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008. During the several years I have been with the AC CDC in Newfoundland and Labrador, I have now moved up to Data Manager through handling incoming data requests, data entry, database maintenance and providing GIS and database help to my colleagues within our office at the Wildlife Division. Much of this is only possible because of the database management and biological knowledge I have additionally gained during my time here in Corner Brook with the AC CDC.
Jean Breau
Jean Breau, Financial Manager and Executive Assistant
J’ai grandi à Memramcook au Nouveau-Brunswick où je vis présentement avec ma famille. Mes parents ont bâti leur maison sur une partie du terrain agricole et boisé de 180 arpents de mes grands-parents. Ceci a été ma cour de récréation toute au long de ma jeunesse.

Ma décision de poursuivre une carrière en administration a été influencé en partie par l’entrepreneuriat de mon père. Suivant mon Baccalauréat en Administration des Affaires, j’ai obtenu ma Maîtrise en Administration des Affaires de l’Université de Moncton. En 1995, je suis déménagé en Ontario et j’ai travaillé pour différentes entreprises ce qui m’a permis de développer un large éventail de connaissances qui me sont très utile dans ma présente position. En 2007, je suis revenu au Nouveau-Brunswick avec un désir de renouer avec ma famille et à la recherche du style de vie et du paysage paisible des provinces maritimes.

Depuis septembre 2014, je travail au CDC CA comme Gérant des Finances et Assistant Exécutif. Je m’engage à relever les défis et j’apprécie de travailler avec un personnel exceptionnel. Leur passion pour la nature me permet de renouer avec mes racines d'enfance.