Julie reimer

PhD Candidate, conservation advocate, ecologist turned social scientist



I am currently a PhD candidate at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NL) under the co-supervision of Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and Dr. Joachim Claudet (CNRS, France). My research looks to the bigger picture of conservation, using marine spatial planning and area-based management to bring together conservation and sustainable resource use. 

I hold a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) where I conducted research on industry receptiveness to large whale conservation technologies. My undergraduate training is in biology, with a particular focus on ecosystem ecology, received at Queen's University (Kingston, ON). 

I come to conservation planning research with a keen interest in applied projects that ultimately seek to improve the social feasibility and ecological effectiveness of conservation. My perspective on conservation stems from my experience in the ecotourism industry, my work with non-governmental organizations, and my desire to understand the communities who impact and are impacted by conservation management in the ocean

For a complete list of my professional and academic contributions, please download my resume here or review my CV below.


You know those photos of "grooms blown away by their bride"? I always love those photos— look at this guy who just can't believe how lucky he got! This is why it's extremely important that I share this photo of my husband on our wedding day with you.  My husband is the best. Ever. We share an affinity for board games, Lord of the Rings, our dog, Luna, and chasing our career dreams. That's how we ended up living in separate provinces for now. 

While Peter and our girl Luna (pictured top right, very muddy) are living in Ontario, I am delving deeper into my Maritime heritage. There are some boxes you need to check to be a true Atlantic Canadian: can you shuck a lobster? Has Keith's at one time been your brew of choice? Do you know the appropriate response to "The year was 1778..."? I am a Maritimer, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and an Atlantic Canadian, having lived in three of the four Atlantic provinces.

Being a Maritimer, you might think that I've always dreamed of a career in the ocean sector. In grade 3 I did a project on octopus. In grade 9 I got my first job, working at a local seafood market; however, like many high-achieving high school graduates, I wanted to go to medical school. When I took my first human physiology course at university, I hated it and performed terribly. Trying to find a new passion, I signed up for a biology field course in St. Andrews, New Brunswick because it was close to home and less expensive than other courses (I was on a student budget!). This field course ignited a passion in me for marine conservation, and started me on this new path that I feel so fortunate to have found. When I'm not working in ocean conservation, I'm an avid at-home-yogi, an excellent pie-maker (thanks Mom), and a committed bargain shopper. 

Photo (right) by Sarah Kierstead





Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate), Geography

Marine Geomatics Research Lab, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Supervisors: Dr. Rodolphe Devillers & Dr. Joachim Claudet (CNRS, FR)

Committee Member: Dr. Natalie Ban (UVic) 

Master of Marine Management (2016)

Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

Supervisor: Dr. Christopher T. Taggart

Mentor: Dr. Moira W. Brown (NEAQ & CWI)

Thesis title: Vessel needs, preferences, and restrictions related to minimizing risk to whales without compromising vessel operations and the safety of navigation

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biology (2014)

Queen's University (Kingston, ON)

Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Tufts

Committee Member: Dr. Yuxiang Wang

Thesis title: Developing new approaches in aquaculture: dietary preference of calico crayfish (Orconectes immunis) and applications in polyculture


Reimer, J., Devillers, R., & J. Claudet. In prep. Potential contributions of marine area-based management tools to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water?

Reimer, J., Gravel, C., Brown, M.W. and C.T. Taggart. 2016. Mitigating vessel strikes: the problem of the peripatetic whales and the peripatetic ships. Marine Policy 68: 91-99. 


Reimer, J., Devillers, R. and J. Claudet. 2019. Mapping area-based marine management tools to SDG 14: Life Below Water. IMBeR: Future Oceans2 Conference, Brest, France. International Conference. Oral presentation. Award: Top 10 Student Presentations

Reimer, J. and R. Devillers. 2018. Community reality in marine spatial planning: can communities and their experiences be better captured? Communities, Conservation, & Livelihoods Conference, Halifax, NS. International Conference. Oral presentation.

Reimer, J., Gravel, C., Brown, M.W. and C.T. Taggart. 2015. Vessel needs, preferences, and restrictions related to minimizing risk to whales without compromising vessel operations and the safety of navigation. Making Waves, Halifax, NS. Institutional Conference. Oral presentation.


Royal Bank Fellowship in Marine Studies ($5000, 2020)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

National Scholarship for Ocean Studies ($9748, 2018)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Mitacs Globalink Research Award ($6000, 2018)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Scotiabank Bursary for International Travel ($2000, 2018)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Millennium Prize in Marine Management ($350, 2015)

Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University

Sobey Fund for Oceans Scholarship ($10,000, 2014)

Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University

Dean's Honour List (2013, 2014)

Queen's University

Queen's Excellence Scholarship ($2000, 2010)

Queen's University


Head Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, MGMT 1702: Ecosystem Goods and Services, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, SUST 1001: Introduction to Environment, Sustainability, and Society II, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, ENVS 1200: Current Environmental Challenges: Analysis and Solutions, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, MGMT 1001: Managing Organizational Issues II, Dalhousie University.

Research Assistant, Summer 2015. Whales, Habitats, and Listening Experiment (WHaLE), Dept. of Oceanography, Dalhousie University. 

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015, ENVS 1100: Foundations of Environmental Science: Ecosphere, Resources, and Sustainability, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Assistant, Winter 2015, MGMT 1702: Ecosystem Goods and Services, Dalhousie University

Research Assistant, Summer 2013, Herbivory driven alternate stable states in Ontario forests, Grogan Lab, Queen's University. 



Research Assistant, Memorial University (Feb 2020-Present)

Qualitative research to categorize international commitments related to sustainability goals under Dr. Gerald Singh

Independent Consultant, Ducks Unlimited Canada (Jan-Mar 2018)

Developed a provincial guide to the Wetland Centre of Excellence program to be distributed to program leaders

Education Specialist NB & PEI, Ducks Unlimited Canada (Jul-Dec 2017)

Developed and delivered wetland education programs; wrote funding proposals; coordinated education partners; managed provincial budgets

Senior Marine Biologist/Interpreter, Island Quest Marine Whale Watching (Jun-Sept 2017)

Interpreted natural and cultural experiences on the Bay of Fundy; trained incoming interpreters; maintained vessel safety

Recruitment Representative, Queen's University Undergraduate Admission & Recruitment (May-Dec 2016)

Scheduled and delivered more than 100 presentations to prospective undergraduate students in audiences ranging from 5-300 members

Coordinator, Peer Academic Support Service, Queen's University Faculty of Arts and Science (Mar 2013- Apr 2014)

Coordinated volunteers providing academic advising to undergraduate students; Maintained quality service via the Faculty of Arts and Science

Marine Biologist/Interpreter, Island Question Marine Whale Watching (Jun-Aug 2014)

Interpreted natural and cultural experiences on the Bay of Fundy; managed cruise bookings; served as deckhand


Regional Director- Atlantic Canada, Sierra Club Canada Foundation (June 2019-Present)

Chair, Board of Directors, The Starfish Canada (April 2019-Present)

Outreach Committee Member & Blog Coordinator/Contributor, CPAWS-NB (May 2018-Present) Read the latest blog here!

President, Board of Directors, Canadian Parks and Wildness Society- New Brunswick (Mar 2017-Present)

Contributor, CPAWS-NB Newsletter Committee (Mar 2017-Present)

Research Volunteer, Nature Trust of New Brunswick (Mar 2017-Mar 2018)

Event Committee Member, Sustainable Oceans Conference (2016)


Proposal and report writing

Project management 

Data management

Presentation design

Public speaking

Event planning

Teamwork and collaboration

Science communication

Interdisciplinary research

Board governance


Julie Reimer talks oceans and marine spatial planning on VOCM Newfoundland Local News Lunch Bunch with Andrew Hawthorn

"Students take action against climate change", story by Ducks Unlimited Canada

"Changing focus to change the oceans", story by Dalhousie University Alumni

"Celebrating the generosity of Dal's donors", story by Ryan McNutt, Dalhousie University News



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