Damian C. Lidgard, PhD


Academic Instructor
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

I co-teach a 3rd-4th year undergraduate class in Marine Mammalogy. The class examines the characteristics and special adaptations of marine mammals, their evolution, the roles of marine mammals in oceanic ecosystems and general principles of marine mammal population biology, with a special focus on conservation and management issues.


Research Associate
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

My work examines at-sea interactions among grey seals, and with their potential prey and competitors, within the Canada-wide Ocean Tracking Network. The study uses GPS and acoustic tags deployed on grey seals on Sable Island and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to collect spatio-temporal data on species interactions. The work is multi-disciplinary and collaborative in natureThe data from this study will contribute toward the management of the Canadian grey seal population and discussion surrounding their impact on fish of commercial interest.


Academic Instructor
SEASIDE, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

I co-teach an intensive 2.5-week summer class in “Field Methods in Marine Mammal Ecology” for the Dalhousie University SEASIDE program. This class focuses on the methods used for studying marine mammals in the wild in addition to learning their ecology, conservation and management. The class is designed to be hands-on, in addition to lecture-based, to provide students with experience in studying marine mammals in the field.


Post-doctoral fellow
Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

As a continuation of my doctoral thesis and interest in the reproductive ecology of pinnipeds, this research investigated dispersal of male grey seals during the breeding season in the UK. The work involved planning, co-ordinating and conducting multi-day field trips to live capture and handle adult seals from small boats and deploy satellite transmitters. During the same period, I continued my research on male grey seals on Sable Island and investigated the role of stress, and longitudinal changes, in reproductive behaviour and success. The work involved extended periods in the field to capture seals and collect blood samples for stress hormone analyses and behavioural data.

Independent Research Contractor
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax 2008-2009
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, St John’s, Nfld 2008
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dartmouth, NS 2007

Technical Assistant

Seaside Program, Dept. Biology, Dalhousie University 2008-2009

Fisheries Technician EG-4

Fisheries & Oceans, Canada 2006-2007

Research Assistant

Fisheries & Oceans, Canada 2005-2006
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 1996-2000
University College Cork, Ireland 1997-1999

Field Assistant

Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews, Scotland 1996
University of British Columbia, Canada 1995-1996
Sirenia Project, Galinesville, Florida 1994-1995
University of Santa Cruz, California 1994
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 1993-1994

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