Laura Tremblay-Boyer

Laura is a fisheries scientist at Dragonfly. She is an experienced statistical modeller with a background in environmental biology.

Before joining Dragonfly in 2018, Laura spent four years in New Caledonia at SPC (Pacific Community) as a stock assessment scientist. She led the stock assessment for yellowfin tuna in 2017 and the assessment for South Pacific albacore in 2018. Laura developed status indicators for data-poor bycatch species including sharks, billfish and rays.

Laura graduated with a MSc in fisheries science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently completing her PhD thesis. Her PhD research used spatio-temporal models to document range shifts in tuna and billfish in the Pacific. While at SPC, she used multivariate methods to map the complex interactions between industrial tuna fisheries and artisanal reef fisheries in Pacific nations.

Laura believes that scientists responsible for informing decision-makers should think differently about communication:

My role as a scientist is to not only do the best science I can, but also to reach diverse audiences. Even the best science won't make a difference if it is not well communicated

Selected publications

Houssard, P., Point, D., Tremblay-Boyer, L., Allain, V., Pethybridge, H., Masbou, J., … others. (2019). A model of mercury distribution in tuna from the western and central pacific ocean: Influence of physiology, ecology and environmental factors. Environmental Science & Technology.

Tremblay-Boyer, L., Brouwer, S. (2016). Review of available information on non-key shark species including mobulids and fisheries interactions. Report to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Scientific Committee, WCPFC-SC12-2016/EB-WP-08. Retrieved from https://www.wcpfc.int/node/27475

Tremblay-Boyer, L., Hampton, J., McKechnie, S., Pilling, G. (2018). Stock assessment of South Pacific albacore tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Report to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Scientific Committee, WCPFC-SC14-2018/SA-WP-05. Retrieved from https://www.wcpfc.int/node/31182

Tremblay-Boyer, L., McKechnie, S., Pilling, G., Hampton, J. (2017). Exploratory geostatistical analyses of Pacific-wide operational longline CPUE data for WCPO tuna assessments. Report to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Scientific Committee, WCPFC-SC13-2017/SA-WP-03. Retrieved from https://www.wcpfc.int/node/29516