Olivia Lacasse

Image Olivia Lacasse
Aquatic Science Technician

In general, my key activities are:

  • Planning logistics, organizing implementation, and assuming operational responsibility and technical support coordination of field and laboratory scientific studies and projects within a specialized field of aquatic science.

  • Collecting, processing, validating and analyzing field/laboratory samples and data, coordinating data retrieval from different projects and sources, interpreting data and providing technical advice, and preparing methodology and data analysis summaries for inclusion in project reports and scientific manuscripts.

  • Developing, modifying, testing, evaluating and adapting specialized technical applications for instrumentation and equipment, sampling strategies, and techniques and methodologies related to the conduct of field/laboratory studies to meet project objectives.

  • Developing, modifying and maintaining databases, validating, inputting and manipulating analytical and research data, and utilizing a variety of software applications for statistical and preliminary analyses of field and laboratory data and information and the production of summary reports.

  • Serving as technician-in-charge of independent work teams carrying out multidisciplinary or comprehensive field, laboratory or at-sea projects and studies or having operational responsibility for the provision of on-going laboratory services.

  • Participating in the annual planning and administration of work plans, proposed projects and program activities and the forecasting and utilization of financial and material resources, the identification and procurement of equipment and services, and the preparation of reports and scientific manuscripts.

  • Providing technical advice and information to internal/external clients such as managers, colleagues, stakeholders, collaborating researchers, and special interest groups respecting data validation and interpretation, equipment and methodologies, and the feasibility of project/survey goals and objectives.

Professional activities / interests

Benthic imaging


Iinvertebrates biodiversity

Scientific diver

Education and awards

M.Sc. Marine Resources Management 2013-2014

Université du Québec à  Rimouski (UQAR), Rimouski, Qc


M.Sc. Oceanography 2007-2011

Institut des sciences de la mer de l’université du  Québec à Rimouski (ISMER-UQAR), Rimouski, Qc


B.Sc. Marine Biology 2004-2007

Université du Québec à  Rimouski (UQAR), Rimouski, Qc


International experience and/or work

Field Scientist for Blue Ventures / Sarteneja, Belize / January to December 2016

  • Science and Dive leader for underwater surveys of fish population, benthic composition, bird and megafauna surveys and Lionfish Focus Search.

  • Lead the succefull completion of two expedition survey calendar

  • Helped manage and develop Blue Veuntures’ volunteer science training programme, while working closely with other staff on site.

  • Assisted in the development of the aims, objectives and strategic plan of Blue Venutres’ conservation, education and research programme in Belize for the next five years program.

  • Worked with the Country Coordinator and research staff to direct ecological and fisheries surveying efforts.

  • Commnuicated and disseminated research information to relevant parties.

  • Acted as Expedition Manager when required too

Key publications

Lacasse, O., Roy, V., Nozères, C., Deslauriers, D., and Walkusz, W. 2020. Invertebrate Biodiversity and Photo Catalogue from the 2018 Northern and Striped Shrimp Stock Assessment Survey in Davis Strait, Hudson Strait, and Northern Labrador Coast. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3351: iv + 163 p.

Reyes, T., Gilchrist, H., Lacasse, O., Peiffer, F., Duffy, H., and Druskat, A. 2019. Five years at Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, an evaluation of reef health and reserve effectiveness. Blue Ventures Conservation Report, Blue Ventures, London.

Lacasse, O., A. Rochon and S. Roy, 2013. High cyst concentrations of the potentially toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense species complex in Bedford Basin, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mar. Polllut. Bull., 66(1-2): 230–233.

Rayssac, N., F. Pernet, O. Lacasse and R. Tremblay. 2010. Temperature effect on survival, growth and triacylglycerol content during the early ontogeny of Mytilus edulis and M. Trossulus. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 417: 183–191.

Research facility

850, route de la Mer
Mont-Joli, QC G5H 3Z4