Thomas Doniol-Valcroze

Research Scientist

Head, Cetacean Research Program

Current research and/or projects

Thomas Doniol-Valcroze started to work on marine mammals in 1995 at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS), a research station located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He worked there for almost ten years as a research assistant and to complete fieldwork for his Ph.D. thesis on rorqual whale habitat. In 2008, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute with Dr Véronique Lesage on the foraging ecology of blue whales.

In 2009, he was hired as a DFO stock assessment biologist for Nunavik marine mammals. His work focused on species harvested by Inuit as part of their subsistence hunt (e.g., beluga, seals, walrus). He studied population size, migratory pathways, impacts of climate change on marine mammal distribution and habitat, as well as the sustainability of subsistence hunting in a changing Arctic. He also participated in St. Lawrence beluga surveys and population modelling, and collaborated on projects on the ecology, habitat and foraging of large whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a stock assessment biologist for herring and mackerel, and his research focused on environmental drivers of recruitment in pelagic fish. Then in August 2017, he moved to the Pacific Region as head of the Cetacean Research Program, with projects focussing on killer whale population dynamics and large whale critical habitat.

Education and awards

B.Sc. Biology (1998) – Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Paris, France)
M.Sc. Wildlife biology (2002) – McGill University (Montreal)
Ph.D. Wildlife biology (2008) – McGill University (Montreal)

Research facility

3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7