Vonda Wareham Hayes

Current research and/or projects

My academic training began with conservation of natural resources in terrestrial environments but evolved to marine ecosystems in the deep-sea. I have been a marine biologist at DFO since 2005 focusing on deep-sea megafauna (e.g. corals and sponges) off eastern Canada.

Research and/or project statements

I am interested in: coral and sponge identification (taxonomy), distribution (faunistics) and associations (symbiosis). I am also interested in investigating the functional roles benthic megafauna play in the deep-sea, and educating Canadian's of all ages on the importance and intrinsic value of our Oceans and the fascinating creatures that live within it.

Current projects include:

  • development of the Eastern Canadian Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy;
  • growth rates of corals (i.e. sea pens);
  • taxonomy and species distribution of corals and sponges;
  • predictive modeling of coral and sponge habitat; and
  • associations with corals and sponges.

Education and awards

MSc, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009

BSc, University of British Columbia, 2004