Lynn Lee is a doctoral candidate exploring the historical and contemporary socio-ecological dynamics of people, sea otters, urchins, abalone and kelp forests in BC. Collaborative work with the Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations will facilitate inclusion of traditional knowledge alongside scientific and local experiential knowledge to foster an ecosystem-based understanding of the system at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
By contextualizing what we see today with knowledge of historical baselines and species interactions, Lynn aims to gauge the magnitude of change that has occurred within an altered ecosystem in which sea otters, a strongly interacting species, were extirpated and are now recovering in parts of their former range. Understanding species interactions and ecological processes that drive kelp forest dynamics, alternative ecosystem states, and their effects on abalone recovery, will provide insights into the mechanisms enabling the persistence of abalone and their recovery from overfishing. This context will facilitate our ability to forecast a range of possible future outcomes resulting from contemporary conservation actions.
Lynn lives and works primarily from Haida Gwaii, conducting field research on Haida Gwaii, the Central Coast and West Coast of Vancouver Island. Lynn is actively engaged in marine stewardship and planning in her community, informing marine planning, engaging as an active partner in the Haida Gwaii Marine Stewardship Group, and sitting on the Haida Gwaii Marine Advisory Committee.