Katie Gale


My work is primarily in support of marine spatial planning, including the development of marine protected area (MPA) networks and identification of ecologically and biologically significant areas. I am currently developing spatial datasets and carrying out analyses to identify areas of high conservation value. I am also involved with ongoing benthic video and oceanographic surveys to existing and proposed Marine Protected Areas, including SGaan Kinghlas Bowie Seamount, Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents, and the newly announced Offshore Pacific Area of Interest.

Key publications

  • Frid A, McGreer M, Gale KSP, et al. (2018). The area–heterogeneity tradeoff applied to spatial protection of rockfish (Sebastes spp.) species richness. Conservation Letters, p.e12589.
  • Gale KSP, Frid A, Lee L, et al. (in press). A framework for identification of ecological conservation priorities for marine protected area (MPA) network design and its application in the Northern Shelf Bioregion. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document.
  • Gale KSP, Curtis JMR, Morgan KH, et al. (2017). Survey Methods, Data Collections, and Species Observations from the 2015 Survey to SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Marine Protected Area. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  3206: vii+ 94 p.
  • Rubidge EM, Gale KSP, Curtis JMR (2016). Community ecological modelling as an alternative to physiographic classifications for marine conservation planning. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 1899-1920. doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1167-x
  • Rubidge E, Gale KSP, Curtis JMR, et al. (2016). Methodology of the Pacific Marine Ecological Classification System and its Application to the Northern and Southern Shelf Bioregions. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document 2016/035: xi + 124 p.