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
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.