Curriculum vitae

Publications and Presentations


Black, M.J. (2018), Fishing Lessons: Artisanal Fisheries and the Future of our Oceans. Kevin M. Bailey. University of Chicago Press 2018. Chicago, 246 pp Fish Fish Accepted Aug 1, 2018

Cox KD, Black M.J., Filip N, et al. Community assessment techniques and the implications for rarefaction and extrapolation with Hill numbers. Ecol Evol. 2017;7:11213–11226. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3580

Chalifour, L., Black, M.J., Cox, K., Schroeder, S. and Juanes, F. (2017), Ecology of Salmonids in Estuaries around the World: Adaptations, Habitats and Conservation Colin D. Levings University of British Columbia Press 2016. Vancouver, 388 pp, Fish Fish, 18: 790–791.

Conferences and Presentations (*indicates presenting author)

Black, M*, Dudas, S., Juanes, F. Fish and motile invertebrates of First Nations’ clam gardens. Ecological Society of Australia. November 2018. Brisbane, Australia

Black, M* Invited speaker – VicNHS Marine Night—Fish and motile invertebrates of First Nations’ clam gardens. October 2018. Victoria, B.C.

Black, M* Invited speaker – Floating Ideas Lecture—Ancient First Nation Clam Gardens. Shaw Center for the Salish Sea. April 2018. Sidney, B.C.

Black, M.*, Salomon, A., Juanes, F., Dudas, S. The value of ancient habitat modifications: Macrofaunal communities of First Nations’ clam gardens. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution. May 2017. Victoria, B.C.

Black, M.*, Dudas, S., Juanes, F. Mo clams, mo fish? Fish and mobile invertebrate communities of First Nation’s clam gardens. Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. February 2016. Bamfield, B.C.

Dudas, S.E.*, Cox, K.D., Black, M. Shellfish Aquaculture: Past, present and future. Hakai Research Exchange, Nanaimo, British Columbia, November 2016

Black, M.*, Simms, W. Several invited talks to disseminate findings of honours thesis research on designing artificial roosting structures for bats in British Columbia. Presented to naturalist clubs and public crowds of up to 400 attendees. 2005-2007. Various venues, British Columbia.

Black, M.*, Simms, W. Monitoring temperature conditions of insulated bat houses in a temperate climate. April 2005, Vancouver Island University (Undergraduate thesis defense)


*President’s Research Scholarship 2018-2021 UVic Graduate Research Award $4,000/year
*CFUW/FCFDU Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship $11,000
*The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) 2018-2021 Postgraduate Scholarship- Doctoral (PGS D) $21,000/year
*University of Victoria 2016-2017 Graduate Award ~$4,600/year
*Hakai Institute 2016-2017 Scholarship $23,000/year
*Hakai Institute 2016-2017 Research Funding $50,000
*Vancouver Island University Don Duncan Memorial Award 2015 $500
*Vancouver Island Student Union Award 2015 $500
*CFUW Parkville Return to School Award 2014 $2,000
*Vancouver Island Student Union Award 2005 $500

Experience and Skills

Academic Teaching/Supervisory experience

• January – April 2018 – Laboratory Instructor – Biol 335 – Ichthyology. Prof. Tom Reimchen
• September 2017 – present: Co-supervision of honours thesis Chrissy Schellenberg
• January – April 2017 – Laboratory Instructor – Biol 335 – Ichthyology. Prof. Tom Reimchen
• January – April 2017 – Co-supervision of directed studies student, Hailey Davies
• September – December 2016 – Laboratory Instructor – Biol 321 – Introduction to Invertebrates Prof. Louise Page
• January – April 2016: Co-supervision of a directed studies student, Rylan Command.

Employment History

Scientific Engagement Coordinator – May 2017 – present – University of Victoria. Develop and facilitate a place-based eco-cultural science program for Indigenous youth. Funded by NSERC PromoScience and The Horner Foundation. Supervised by Prof. John Taylor and Maeve Lydon

Lead Scientist and Scientific Diver – 2016 – Vancouver Island University Center for Shellfish Research, University of Victoria Fisheries Ecology and Marine Conservation Lab – Supervised by Dr Francis Juanes and Dr Sarah Dudas

Research Assistant – 2015 – Vancouver Island University Center for Shellfish Research Supervised by Dr Sarah Dudas

Research Assistant – 2014 -Pacific Biological Station – Practicum – Histopathology study on Oncorhynchus gorbuscha returning to the Quinsam River, BC. Also assisted with immunohistochemistry assays on salmon skin samples to look at the movement of immune system factors. Supervised by Dr Simon Jones

Fisheries Observer Dockside Monitor – 2005 -2007 Archipelago Marine Research. Port Hardy, B.C.

Field Technician – 2004 Manning-Cooper Resource Management – Amphibian, Northern Goshawk, and songbird surveys


• Scientific Diver Level 1 – Canadian Association of Underwater Scientists – University of Victoria, Canada, August 2016
• Rescue Diver – PADI Diver, Sundown Diving, Nanaimo, Canada, April 2014
• Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)–Transport Canada
• Marine Emergency Duties A3 – Transport Canada
• Radio Operator Maritime Restricted – Transport Canada
• First Aid, CPR, WHIMIS and H2S Alive certified
• Electrofishing Crew Supervisor – Worksafe BC
• Air Brake Endorsement


PhD student UVIC Biology- Jan 2016 – current
Supervised by Dr. Francis Juanes (UVIC) and Dr. Sarah Dudas (DFO). Quantifying the biodiversity of fish and mobile invertebrates using First Nations ancient clam garden structures on many sites along the BC coast.

Post-degree technology diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC – completion April 2015
Project – Fish and Invertebrate Health Focus -Determining salt tolerances of Tenacibaculum maritimum, determining more biochemical characteristics and identification techniques, and developing a better understanding of pleomorphism and distribution along B.C. coast.
Supervised by Prof. Duane Barker

Bachelor of Science, Biology
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC – 2000-2005
Undergraduate thesis: Monitoring temperature conditions of insulated bat houses in a temperate climate. 12 houses, 25 temperature sensors, hourly readings recorded for 6 months.
Supervised by Dr. Wendy Simms.