Stephanie Béland

For my Masters, I’ll be continuing my honours thesis of using genetic techniques to identify the Stephaniespecies of whales historically hunted by the First Nations groups on Vancouver Island.  Many whale species were traditionally hunted by First Nations groups, but this hunting ended when industrial whaling caused populations to collapse.  I am also adding a component to investigate the pre-commercial whaling demography of these hunted species using samples taken from different time periods.  Using mtDNA sequences and microsatellites, these can help infer post glacial and pre-whaling population size and will help to ensure correct recovery goals for these whale species are proposed.