Dr. Cherisse Du Preez

Image Dr Cherisse Du Preez
Marine biologist

BI-03 in the Marine Spatial and Ecology Analysis Division

Current research and/or projects

I study deep seafloor habitats in potential and existing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Pacific Ocean.

Research and/or project statements

Professional activities / interests

Research scientist / deep sea spatial ecology 

Education and awards


     Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University (Funding: NSF)


     Visiting Research Fellow, Marine Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Funding: NSERC, DFO)


     Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Biology, University of Victoria (Funding: NSERC, CHONe, UVic, DFO)


     Bachelor of Science, Department of  Biology, University of Victoria (awarded with academic distinction)

International experience and/or work

  • Hydrothermal vent ecology in the Lau Basin, off Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga (Pacific Ocean).
  • A postdoctoral research position at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), working with Harvard University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Columbia University, and Schmidt Ocean Institute (USA).
  • High Sea seamounts (Pacific Ocean).
  • Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill site, Gulf of Mexico (off the USA, Atlantic Ocean).

Key publications

Primary Publications:

~  Du Preez, C., C.R. Fisher. 2018. Long-Term Stability of Back-Arc Basin Hydrothermal Vents. Frontiers in Marine Science 5: 54

Archer, S.K., A.S. Kahn, S.P. Leys, T. Norgard, F. Girard, C. Du Preez, A. Dunham. 2018. Pyrosome consumption by benthic organisms during blooms in the northeast Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. Ecology. doi: 10.1002/ecy.2097

~  Du Preez, C., J. Curtis, M.E. Clarke. 2016. The structure and distribution of benthic communities on a shallow seamount (Cobb Seamount, Northeast Pacific Ocean). PLOS ONE 11(10): e0165513. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0165513

Du Preez, C. 2015. A new arc-chord ratio (ACR) rugosity index for quantifying three-dimensional landscape structural complexity. Landscape Ecology 30(1): 181-192. doi: 10.1007%2Fs10980-014-0118-8

~  Neves, B., C. Du Preez, & E. Edinger. 2014. Mapping coral & sponge habitats on a shelf-depth environment using multibeam sonar & ROV video observations: Learmonth Bank, Northern British Columbia, Canada. Deep Sea Research II 99:169-183. doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.05.026

Du Preez, C. 2015. Resolving relationships between deep-sea benthic diversity and multi-scale topographic heterogeneity. Doctoral thesis. University of Victoria. 

Du Preez, C. & V. Tunnicliffe. 2012. A new video survey method of microtopographic laser scanning (MiLS) to measure small-scale seafloor bottom roughness. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 10: 899-909.  

Du Preez, C. & V. Tunnicliffe. 2011. Shortspine thornyhead & rockfish (Scorpaenidae) distribution in response to substratum, biological structures, & trawling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 425:217-231.

Secondary Publications

~  Curtis, J., C. Du Preez, S. Davies, J. Pegg, M.E. Clarke, E.L. Fruh, K. Morgan, S. Gauthier, G. Gatien, W. Carolsfeld. 2015. Survey methods and data collections from Cobb Seamount in July 2012. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 3124: xii + 145 p.

~  Du Preez, C., J. Curtis, S.C. Davies, E. Clarke, & E.L. Fruh. 2015. Cobb Seamount species inventory. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 3122: viii + 108 p.

Research facility

9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2


The Pennsylvania State University

The University of Victoria