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