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 full CV here or review 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

Dept. of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Supervisors: Dr. Rodolphe Devillers & Dr. Charles Mather

Supervisory Committee: Dr. Joachim Claudet & Dr. Natalie Ban

Thesis: Amplifying the potential of marine spatial planning from theory to practice

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


Reimer, J., Devillers, R., & J. Claudet. 2020. Benefits and gaps in area-based management tools for the ocean Sustainable Development Goal. Nature Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-00659-2

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. 2020. Setting sail for SDG 14: Benefits and gaps in use of area-based management tools. International Marine Conservation Congress, Online Conference. Oral presentation.

Reimer, J., Devillers, R. and J. Claudet. 2019. An assessment of area-based management tools and outcomes. Atlantic Canada Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Regional Conference. St. John’s, NL. Poster presentation. Award: Best Student Poster

Reimer, J. Devillers, R. and J. Claudet. 2019. Setting sail for SDG 14 Life Below Water: An assessment of area-based management tools and outcomes. Sustainable Oceans Conference, Halifax, NS. National Conference. Poster presentation.

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.


New Brunswick Environmental Network Phoenix Award (2020)

TD Graduate Bursary for Environmental Study ($3400, 2020)

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


Research Assistant, Memorial University (Feb 2020-Present)

Qualitative research to categorize international commitments related to sustainability goals under Dr. Gerald Singh; systematic search for offshore Strategic Environmental Assessments under Dr. Leah Fusco; support to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO's report on Canada's Blue Economy Strategy

Head Teaching Assistant, Dalhousie University (Winter 2016)

MGMT 1702: Ecosystem Goods and Services

Teaching Assistant, Dalhousie University (Winter 2016)

SUST 1001: Introduction to Environment, Sustainability, and Society II

ENVS 1200: Current Environmental Challenges: Analysis and Solutions, Dalhousie University.

MGMT 1001: Managing Organizational Issues II, Dalhousie University.

Research Assistant, Dalhousie University (April-Aug 2015)

Whales, Habitats, and Listening Experiment (WHaLE), Dept. of Oceanography

Teaching Assistant, Dalhousie University (Fall 2015)

ENVS 1100: Foundations of Environmental Science: Ecosphere, Resources, and Sustainability, Dalhousie University.

Teaching Assistant, Dalhousie University (Winter 2015)

MGMT 1702: Ecosystem Goods and Services, Dalhousie University

Research Assistant, Queen's University (Summer 2013)

Herbivory driven alternate stable states in Ontario forests, Grogan Lab


  • Proposal and report writing

  • Project management 

  • Presentation design

  • Public speaking

  • Event planning

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Science communication

  • Interdisciplinary research

  • Qualitative research 

  • Board governance



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, 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


All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador-Canada, All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Dec 2020-Present)

National President & Regional Director- Atlantic Canada, Sierra Club Canada Foundation (June 2019-Present, Elected as President Sept 2020)

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

Outreach Committee Member & Blog Coordinator/Contributor, CPAWS-NB (May 2018-Sept 2020) Read the latest blog here!

President, Board of Directors, Canadian Parks and Wildness Society- New Brunswick (Mar 2017-Sept 2020, Elected as President Feb 2020)

Contributor, CPAWS-NB Newsletter Committee (Mar 2017-Sept 2020)

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

Event Committee Member, Sustainable Oceans Conference (2016)


Reimer, J. 2021. Marine protected areas and beyond: setting sail for a sustainable ocean. All Hands on Deck Webinar, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, online.

Reimer, J. 2020. Marine protected areas meet marine spatial planning. Guest Lecture for GEOG 2425 Natural Resources, online.

Reimer, J. 2020. Amplifying the potential of marine spatial planning from theory to practice. International Marine Spatial Planning Workshop hosted by the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network and Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project, online.

Reimer, J. 2020. Ecotourism and education on the Bay of Fundy. Guest lecture for HKR 2545 Outdoor Education and Recreation, online.

Reimer, J. 2020. Finding your ocean eyes for conservation and sustainability. WILD Outside, Canadian Wildlife Federation, online.

Reimer, J. 2020. Seeing the bigger picture of ocean conservation in Canada. CPAWS-NB Tuesday Talks, Fredericton, NB.


"How marine protected areas help safeguard the ocean", story by Julie Reimer for The Conversation's international Oceans 21 series (2021)

"An ocean of potential in common management tools", blog by Julie Reimer for  Nature Sustainability Community (2020)


"Memorial University study says sustainable ocean management requires holistic approach" news story in The Telegram (2020)


"Oceani di possibilità. Le Aree marine protette necessarie per lo sviluppo sostenibile" story in Greenreport (2020)


"Special Video Message from President Julie Reimer" video blog by Julie Reimer for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation (2020)

Julie Reimer talks oceans and marine spatial planning on VOCM Newfoundland Local News Lunch Bunch with Andrew Hawthorn (2020)

"Problems of Place: Fluid as the Ocean", invited blog by Julie Reimer for Environmental History Now. (2020)

"When, Where, and Whale: Welcome Home Right Whales!", story by Julie Reimer for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. (2020)

Julie Reimer 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (2019)

"Canada: A Conservation Super-Nation", blog by Julie Reimer for Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society- NB (2019)


"From Sightseer to Supporter on the Bay of Fundy", blog by Julie Reimer for Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society- NB (2018)

"Students take action against climate change", story by Ducks Unlimited Canada (2017)

"Changing focus to change the oceans", story by Dalhousie University Alumni (2016)

"Celebrating the generosity of Dal's donors", story by Ryan McNutt, Dalhousie University News (2014)



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