Claudie works with us for her initiation a la recherche (honours thesis). The project is aimed at learning about the fine scale coupling of mesozooplankton and phytoplankton as well as related hydrographical parameters. The study is based on a transect reaching from northern Baffin Bay and the Northwater Polynya all the way to the Petermann Glacier.
As part of her project zooplankton images are currently being automatically identified using a machine learning model developed by the lab (Schmid et al., currently under review).
Data was collected with the in-situ zooplankton imaging system LOKI, which is able to obtain very high quality images, onboard the CCGS Amundsen in summer and fall 2014 during the annual ArcticNet mission.
Claudie is being supervised by Prof. Louis Fortier and myself and is specializing in marine and freshwater ecology. She plans to do a master’s degree after her B.Sc. and wants to be involved directly in the protection of aquatic resources, more precisely commercially exploited fish. She is passionate about being engaged in the community and to make others aware of climate change and species conservation.
Below: Claudie showing her passion for fish during a summer job