Current research and/or projects

My field work includes nearshore mapping surveys with towfish (sidescan and video) and echo sounders to produce GIS projects indicating macrophytes, cobble fields, mud and sand bottoms. I provide advice on:

  • rockweed, Irish Moss and kelp harvests in PEI, NS and NB
  • the ecosystem impacts of sea cucumber and sea urchin harvests
  • potential finfish and shellfish aquaculture impacts on important habitats such as eelgrass and kelp
  • artificial reefs and eelgrass transplantation
  • HADD and compensation proposals for the marine nearshore

Research and/or project statements

 

Centre(s) of Expertise:

Education and awards

PhD, University of British Columbia, 1984

Key publications

  1. Vandermeulen, H. 2017. A survey of the seaweeds of Lennox Passage and St. Peters Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science 49 (1): 61-96
  2. Vandermeulen, H. 2016. Exploratory video-sidescan and echosounder surveys of two finfish aquaculture sites. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3188: vi + 27 p.
  3. Vandermeulen, H. 2016. Video-sidescan and echosounder surveys of nearshore Bras d’Or Lake. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3183: viii + 39 p.   
  4. Vandermeulen, H. 2016. A video, sidescan and echosounder survey of nearshore Halifax Harbour. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3162: xiii + 170 p.
  5. Vandermeulen, H. 2014. Bay-scale assessment of eelgrass beds using sidescan and video. Helgoland Marine Research 68: 559-569.
  6. Vandermeulen, H. 2014. Nearshore habitat mapping in Atlantic Canada: Early results with high frequency side-scan sonar, drop and towed cameras. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 3092: vi + 16 p.   
  7. Bugden, G., Jiang, Y., van den Heuvel, M.R., Vandermeulen, H., MacQuarrie, K.T.B., Crane, C.J. & Raymond, B.G. 2014. Nitrogen loading criteria for estuaries in Prince Edward Island. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 3066: vii + 43 p.
  8. Vandermeulen, H. 2013. Mapping eelgrass (Zostera marina) with a novel towfish: Richibucto and Shippagan, New Brunswick. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 3064: v + 19p.
  9. Vandermeulen, H. 2013. Information to support assessment of stock status of commercially harvested species of marine plants in Nova Scotia: Irish moss, Rockweed and Kelp. Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2013/042. vi + 50 p.
  10. Vandermeulen, H., Surette, J. & Skinner, M. 2012. Responses of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) to stress. Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2011/095: iv + 43p. 
  11. Vandermeulen, H. 2011. An echosounder system ground-truthed by towfish data: A method to map larger nearshore areas. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2958: v + 21p.
  12. Vandermeulen, H. 2011. Mapping the nearshore using a unique towfish. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2959: v+ 18p.
  13. Vandermeulen, H., Wilson, M. & Morton, G. 2011. A slurp gun for SCUBA based algal sampling.  Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2951: v + 10p.
  14. Sharp, G., Semple, R., Vandermeulen, H., Wilson, M., LaRocque, C. & Nebel, S. 2010. The Basin Head Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) population abundance and distribution 1980 to 2008. Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2010/054, 32pp
  15. Rowe, S., Comeau, P., Singh, R., Coffen-Smout, S., Lundy, M., Young, G., Simon, J. & Vandermeulen, H. 2009. Assessment of the exploratory fishery for sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa) in southwest New Brunswick. Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2009/005, 23pp
  16. Vandermeulen, H. 2009. An introduction to eelgrass (Zostera marina L.): the persistent ecosystem engineer. Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2009/085, 11pp.
  17. Vandermeulen, H. 2009. Experimental Tests of Littorina Herbivory on the Basin Head form of Irish moss (Chondrus crispus). Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2009/047, vi +12pp. 
  18. Sharp, G., Semple, R., Wilson, M., Vandermeulen, H. & Rowland, B. 2008. A survey of the distribution and abundance of Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Port Medway, Shelburne Co. to Pennant Point, Halifax Co. Canadian Manuscript Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2856: iii + 34 p.
  19. Vandermeulen, H. 2007. Drop and towed camera systems for ground-truthing high frequency sidescan in shallow waters. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2687, 18 pp.
  20. Vandermeulen, H. & Cobb, D. 2004. Marine environmental quality: a Canadian history and options for the future. Ocean and Coastal Management 47: 243-256.