Stephen J. Romaine, M.Sc.

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Head, Water Properties Group

I oversee the Water Properties Group, which supports oceanographic research in both the Pacific and Arctic oceans.  This includes a pool of qualified sea-going technicians and oceanographic equipment (CTD's, rosettes, TSG's, electronic sensors, and other related equipment).  The group develops and maintains high-quality standards for data collection and processing, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll, salinity, and others. 

I also am the head of the Pacific Science Vessel Committee (PSVC) at IOS.  This committee oversees the allocation of all Canadian Coast Guard science vessel time in the region for DFO as well as other govenment departments and universities. The committee overseas scheduling, science interests in the vessels, communication between science and Coast Guard, and the development of better methods of sharing science and science data between scientists and the public.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

I oversee the Water Properties Group, which supports oceanographic research in both the Pacific and Arctic oceans.  This includes a pool of qualified sea-going technicians and oceanographic equipment (CTD's, rosettes, TSG's, electronic sensors, and other related equipment).  The group develops and maintains high-quality standards for data collection and processing, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll, salinity, and others. 

I also am the head of the Pacific Science Vessel Committee (PSVC) at IOS.  This committee oversees the allocation of all Canadian Coast Guard science vessel time in the region for DFO as well as other govenment departments and universities. The committee overseas scheduling, science interests in the vessels, communication between science and Coast Guard, and the development of better methods of sharing science and science data between scientists and the public.

Education and awards

B.Sc.  UBC.  Marine Biology

M.Sc.  UVic.  Biological Oceanography

International experience and/or work

I worked for the Australian Antarctic Division for a 6 month period in 2003.  This included a 3 month research mission to Antarctia to manage the krill assessment research survey in East Antarctia and write-up of various reports and papers following the mission.

Key publications

  1. Nicol S., S. Kawaguchi and S. J. Romaine. Krill and currents - temporal and spatial variability in krill populations off East Antarctica. To be presented at the XXVIII SCAR Open Science Conference in Bremen, Germany, 26-28 July 2004
  2. Macaulay, M.C., S.J. Romaine, R.J. Beamish, G.A. McFarlane, G. Saxby and I.A. Pearsall. An unexpected doubling in the abundance of euphausiids in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Submitted to Fish. Oceanogr.
  3. Romaine, S.J.. Effects of semi-variogram data transformations on geostatistical biomass and distribution estimates. Submitted to Fish. Oceanogr.
  4. Romaine, S., D. Mackas and M. Macaulay. 2002. Comparison of euphausiid population size estimates obtained using replicated acoustic surveys of coastal inlets, and block average vs. geostatistical spatial interpolation methods. Fisheries Oceanogr. 11(2):102-115.
  5. Romaine, S.J., K. Cooke, R. Keiser, S. McFarlane, and M. Saunders. 2002. Hake and euphausiid acoustic studies in the Strait of Georgia. Proc. Puget Sound Research 2001.
  6. Romaine, S.J. 1997. Estimation of krill (Euphausia pacifica Hansen) biomass within semi-enclosed bodies of water. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Victoria
  7. Mackas, D.L., S.J. Romaine, M.C. Macaulay, and D.J. Saxby. 1996. Comparisons of repeat acoustic surveys of the euphausiid stock in Jervis Inlet, British Columbia: 1990-1996. PSARC Working Paper I96-04
  8. Romaine, S.J., D.L. Mackas, M.C. Macaulay, and D.J. Saxby. 1995. Comparisons of repeat acoustic surveys in Jervis Inlet, British Columbia: 1994-1995., Proc. Harvesting Krill: Ecological Impact, Assessment, Products and Markets. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 3(3):48-52.