Bonjour, Hi (as they say in Montréal). I am a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University, and I work on the feeding ecology and its role in contaminant accumulations in North Atlantic killer whales, and other marine mammals.
I am particularly interested in dietary chemical tracers like fatty acids or stable isotopes in apex marine predators. As the ultimate marine predators, killer whales accumulate high concentrations of biomagnifying contaminants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, or brominated flame retardants. These contaminants may threaten the whales’ health and their long-term population stability. Hence, by measuring various feeding tracers in the whales’ blubber, we can use models to reveal their diets. Understanding killer whales’ feeding ecology is key to assessing the risks caused by the accumulation of toxic contaminants.
I am a bilingual science communicator (/), TEDx speaker, and a huge whale nerd. I am the founder and chief editor of Whale Scientists, a platform I created to share my passion for marine mammals.