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Myriam Lacharité

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Myriam Lacharite

Marine Spatial Analyst

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Dr. Myriam Lacharité is a Marine Spatial Analyst in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. She uses and develops planning tools to support marine resource management and conservation. Myriam’s work focuses on marine geospatial modelling, remote sensing technology to monitor change in marine environments, seabed mapping applications and integrated risk assessments for the blue economy. Her current research examines how spatial planning tools can support decision-making for aquaculture siting and the development of offshore marine industries.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Myriam was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Applied Oceans Research Group at the Nova Scotia Community College (Canada), where she examined how seafloor habitat maps can inform monitoring designs of marine protected areas. A Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (National; Government of Canada) supported part of her tenure at the College. Myriam completed her PhD in Oceanography in 2016 at Dalhousie University (Canada). Her PhD thesis examined the environmental factors influencing the distribution and abundance of epibenthos in deep waters in the Gulf of Maine (northwest Atlantic Ocean). During her PhD, she gained experience in the analysis of underwater imagery (ROV), ocean circulation models, and geophysical seafloor data.

Career summary

Qualifications

PhD

Factors influencing the abundance, distribution and diversity of deep-water epibenthic megafaunal communities

Dalhousie University

Canada

2016

BSc

Biology

McGill University

Canada

2009

Languages (other than English)

French

Teaching

Seafloor mapping, spatial planning, geospatial modelling, marine policy

Teaching expertise

Myriam has previously taught an introductory course in oceanography in the Oceans Technology Advanced Diploma at the Nova Scotia Community College. During her PhD, she also held several teaching assistantships in sustainability science, biology, and ecosystem modelling.

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Expertise

Seafloor and habitat mapping

Marine spatial planning

Marine geospatial modelling

Area-based conservation measures

Fisheries and aquaculture

Underwater imagery

Research Themes

Myriam’s research aligns with the University’s research themes of ‘Marine, Antarctic and Maritime’ and ‘Environment, Resource and Sustainability’. Her research on marine spatial planning tools and integrated risk assessment has direct applications to marine resource management by supporting decision-making for blue economy industries – such as sustainable aquaculture and fisheries – and area-based conservation measures.

Awards

2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Canada)

Current projects

Fields of Research

  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Marine geoscience (370504)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Land use and environmental planning (330404)
  • Information systems development methodologies and practice (460905)
  • Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment (300502)
  • Decision support and group support systems (460902)
  • Environment and resource economics (380105)
  • Environmental engineering (401199)
  • Oceanography (370899)
  • Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling (401302)

Research Objectives

  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems (180501)
  • Marine systems and management (180599)
  • Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna) (100202)
  • Information systems, technologies and services (220499)
  • Wave energy (170807)
  • Renewable energy (170899)
  • Management and productivity (150399)

Publications

Total publications

4

Journal Article

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Misiuk B, Lacharite M, Brown CJ, 'Assessing the use of harmonized multisource backscatter data for thematic benthic habitat mapping', Science of Remote Sensing, 3 Article 100015. ISSN 2666-0172 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.srs.2021.100015 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Wilson BR, Brown CJ, Sameoto JA, Lacharite M, Redden AM, et al., 'Mapping seafloor habitats in the Bay of Fundy to assess megafaunal assemblages associated with Modiolus modiolus beds', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 252 Article 107294. ISSN 0272-7714 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107294 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

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2020Misiuk B, Brown CJ, Robert K, Lacharite M, 'Harmonizing multi-source sonar backscatter datasets for seabed mapping using bulk shift approaches', Remote Sensing, 12, (4) Article 601. ISSN 2072-4292 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs12040601 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 11

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Beecroft R, Bodrossy L, Brasier M, Brown C, Cossu R, et al., 'Monitoring and assessing offshore/high energy production structures. A report from the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre', Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Australia, 4.20.001 (2020) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Beecroft R; Bodrossy L; Brasier M; Brown C; Cossu R; Foo D; Lea M-A; Ross J; Semmens J; Strain E; Ugalde S; White C

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,789,074

Projects

Statewide Assessment to determine Victorian marine planning areas and priorities, supporting implementation of the Marine Spatial Planning Framework (2021)$94,781
Description
Marine spatial planning (MSP) has emerged in recent years as a tool for sea use management. However, MSP requires adequate and accurate information on the biophysical state and usage of the marine environment. Such data often exists, but generally not in a format which allows planning areas and priorities to be easily identified. This proposal was developed in response to a Request for Quote by the Centre for Marine Socioecology for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victorian Government, to undertake a Statewide Assessment as detailed in the title. Substantial consultation will be required with direct project stakeholders as the identification of available data, development of secondary data, the identification of planning areas, and the options for a decision-support tool will be a dynamic and co-created process. As such, the project methodology is participatory or co-production research in which the most directly affected stakeholders are involved directly in generating research objectives, guiding analysis and outputs. The project comprises 3 stages: Stage 1: Evaluation of provided spatial datasets and critical gap analysis; Stage 2: Identification of location, size, and boundaries of marine planning areas; Stage 3: Recommendation and implementation of a decision support tool. The work is proposed by a strong team. CI Alexander has substantial project management experience, as well as expertise in MSP and previous experience with the Victorian Marine Spatial Planning process (gave keynote address at initial MSP summit). She is also leading a similar (although more substantial) project being currently undertaken in Tasmania. Co-Is Lacherite and Adams have excellent skills in spatial data analysis which are key to undertaking the assessment. Co-I Fudge has extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, and with engagement with Original Custodians. Co-I Byers has recently been appointed as a Research Fellow in Marine Data Science and will offer research assistance to this project.
Funding
Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic) ($94,781)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Alexander KA; Lacharite M; Adams VM; Fudge ME; Byers R
Year
2021
Tasmanias Marine Atlas (2021 - 2023)$499,646
Description
Marine spatial planning (MSP) has emerged in recent years as a tool for sea use management and helps with the difficult issue of managing multiple users accessing the same space. A process that brings together multiple users of the marine environment to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably, MSP has been heralded as a means by which to reduce conflict over marine and coastal resources, and to assist regarding decisions about the impacts that one use may have on another, as well as the cumulative effects of a multi-use marine environment.Geographical information systems (GIS) have become an essential tool for informing the management of marine areas, especially through MSP. GIS allows the identification of regions of high and/or conflicting usage. A key step prior to the start of an MSP process is to define and analyse existing conditions, to collect and map appropriate information about the biophysical environment as well as human activities. This project addresses this key step. While much marine spatial data is already available through e.g. SeaMap (a national program to collate seafloor habitat data), there is a wealth of other information about the Tasmanian marine environment. Additional biophysical data may include e.g. currents or wave height. Human activity/use data may include e.g. dwellings, harbours, shipping lanes and fishing. This project will draw together spatially-resolved datasets required for ecosystem-based marine management using MSP, for Tasmanian State waters, and will identify gaps which may support future data collection campaigns.Furthermore, this project will investigate the development of simple overlay tools to identify trade-offs at various scales and resolutions of interest, and provide planning for database longevity to continue to assist ecosystem-based decision-making into the future.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($499,646)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lacharite M; MacLeod C; Barrett NS; Hartmann K; Lucieer VL
Period
2021 - 2023
Statewide Finfish Farming Spatial Planning Project (2020 - 2021)$175,000
Description
This project will help deliver on a recent Government decision to undertake a spatial planning exercise for all of State waters,except for Mercury Passage, that will investigate potential sustainable growth opportunities for finfish aquaculture inTasmania. This work is being done as part of the second review of the Salmon Growth Plan and will inform futureGovernment decisions about finfish aquaculture planning, including potentially leading to a new proposed map of grow andno grow zones
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($175,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ross DJ; Lacharite M; Bush FB; Hartmann K; Adams VM
Period
2020 - 2021
Risks & Opportunities for the Blue Economy (2020 - 2022)$613,462
Description
Cataloguing hazards and characterising risks associated with the Blue Economy is the most challenging step of any risk identification process. This project will deliver an integrative characterisation of risk across all parts of the Blue Economy CRC engineering and technology, production, energy, sustainability and policy. The resulting integrated inventory will identify the multidimensional envelopes of risk relevant to the Blue Economy activities in the short to medium term. Opportunities (research gaps, industry needs, etc.) identified during the analysis will also be catalogued. Consequently, this project is foundational to many CRC activities, bringing immediate benefit to any industry partners undertaking trials or deployment within the next decade.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($613,462)
Scheme
General Projects
Administered By
Blue Economy CRC Co
Research Team
Fulton E; Lacharite M; Semmens JM; Lea MA; MacLeod C; D'Alessandro SP; Deegan CM; Hatton MacDonald DA; Haward MG; Wood G; Abdussamie N
Period
2020 - 2022
Tools to assess cross-sector interactions (2020)$49,885
Description
The footprints of offshore activities including aquaculture, energy production and fisheriesmay overlap, creating the potential for both conflict among sectors and opportunities forintegration. The blue economy industries therefore need tools to assess cross-sector impactsand to develop spatial plans that maximise social, economic and environmental outcomes.We will review the decision support tools for identifying trade-offs and synergies amongemerging blue industries and existing offshore human activities. By identifying the toolsneeded to support planning, this proposal will help identify environmental, economic andsocial wins and help streamline impact assessments for legislative approvals processes.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($49,885)
Scheme
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
Blue Economy CRC Co
Research Team
Turschwell M; Woods GL; Maynard D; Brain E; Adams J; Taelman SE; Bulman C; Gallagher SG; Brown C; Connolly R; Buelow C; Dutton I; Fulton E; Trebilco R; Porobic J; Condie S; Blanchard JL; Lacharite M; Plaganyi-Lloyd E; Pethybridge H
Year
2020
South and West of Bruny Spatial Assessment (2019 - 2020)$200,000
Description
This project will develop and trial a spatial assessment decision support tool focused on marine waters of Tasmania west and south of Bruny Island that will assist future planning and assessment activities for fisheries and aquaculture and related industries in the region. Lessons from this pilot project will inform future marine resource planning processes, including whether a DSS is an appropriate approach for fisheries and aquaculture development in other regions of Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($200,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ross DJ; Adams VM; Bush FB; Lacharite M
Period
2019 - 2020
Environment: Planning (2016)$156,300
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($156,300)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lacharite M; Ross DJ
Year
2016