My name is Lindsay Beazley and I work as a biologist for the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and I’m based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
My job is benthic ecology – benthic meaning the sea floor – so I study the animals that live on the seafloor, like corals and sponges.
Every year we get to go out on these oceanographic research missions and we get to survey areas of the seabed using camera equipment and remotely operated vehicles.
And what my job entails is taking that information and analyzing it for the distribution and abundance of the animals. These are sensitive animals. They’re sensitive to anthropogenic impacts, so fishing disturbance and other disturbances. And so this information can all be fed into policies to protect these sensitive benthic animals.
What I really love about my job is that I feel like I’m the first explorer of some of these areas we go to.
So sometimes we go to areas that have never been surveyed and I get to see what’s living on the seafloor first before anybody else.
So it’s really exciting and I love my job.