Chantale Bégin

My degrees

BSc Marine Biology, Dalhousie University

MSc Marine Ecology, Université Laval

PhD Marine Ecology, TMEL, Simon Fraser University


What I am now

Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

My research 

I am broadly interested in land-sea interactions and cross-ecosystem management.  Specifically, for my PhD,  I studied Caribbean coral reefs and the impact of various land use and associated sediment on the downstream reefs in the field at a regional scale.  Coral reef ecosystems have declined tremendously throughout the world and marine protected areas may not afford sufficient protection from external stressors.

I used a combination of meta-analytical techniques, field measurements and GIS-based models to assess changes in sedimentation yields under varying levels of development and associated impact on coral communities.  Understanding the impacts of land-based stressors on coral reef ecosystems is a crucial first step towards better integrated coastal zone management.


Kramer KL, Williams DE, Miller MW, Bégin C, Fry J and Valdivia A, 2009.  Demographic comparison of threatened Elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, in the Caribbean: A case study in successful volunteer partnerships in a regional-scale monitoring program.  Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, July 2008.

Bégin C, Johnson LE and Himmelman JH, 2004.  Macroalgal canopies: distribution and diversity of associated invertebrates and effects on the recruitment and growth of mussels.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 271: 121-132.

Miller MW, McClellan D and Bégin C, 2004.  Observations on fisheries activities at Navassa Island.  Marine Fisheries Review. 65: 43-49.

Bégin C and Scheibling RE, 2003.  Growth and survival of the invasive green alga Codium fragile ssp. tomentosoides in tide pools on a rocky shore in Nova Scotia.  Botanica Marina 46: 404-412.